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    Senior Member MoSkeeter0311's Avatar
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    Default Differant Christmas Poem

    We've done a lot of discussing politics here and I know it's not Christmas yet and Veterans Day"s already past, but I just received this and it's to pretty not to share. Brought a tear to my eye.


    > A Different Christmas Poem
    >
    >
    >
    > The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,
    > I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight.
    > My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,
    > My daughter beside me, angelic in rest.
    > Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,
    > Transforming the yard to a winter delight.
    >
    >
    > The sparkling lights in the tree I believe,
    > Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.
    > My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,
    > Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep.
    > In perfect contentment, or so it would seem,
    > So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.
    >
    >
    > The sound wasn't loud, and it wasn't too near,
    > But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear.
    > Perhaps just a cough, I didn't quite know, Then the
    > sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.
    > My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,
    > And I crept to the door just to see who was near.
    >
    >
    > Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night,
    > A lone figure stood, his face weary and tight.
    > A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old,
    > Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold.
    > Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled,
    > Standing watch over me, and my wife and my child.
    >
    >
    > 'What are you doing?' I asked without fear,
    > 'Come in this moment, it's freezing out here!
    > Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve,
    > You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!'
    > For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift,
    > Away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts.
    >
    >
    > To the window that danced with a warm fire's light
    > Then he sighed and he said 'Its really all right,
    > I'm out here by choice. I'm here every night.'
    > 'It's my duty to stand at the front of the line,
    > That separates you from the darkest of times.
    >
    >
    > No one had to ask or beg or implore me,
    > I'm proud to stand here like my fathers before me.
    > My Gramps died at 'Pearl on a day in December,'
    > Then he sighed, 'That's a Christmas 'Gram always remembers.'
    > My dad stood his watch in the jungles of 'Nam',
    > And now it is my turn and so, here I am.
    >
    >
    > I've not seen my own son in more than a while,
    > But my wife sends me pictures, he's sure got her smile.
    > Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag,
    > The red, white, and blue... an American flag.
    > I can live through the cold and the being alone,
    > Away from my family, my house and my home.
    >
    >
    > I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet,
    > I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat.
    > I can carry the weight of killing another,
    > Or lay down my life with my sister and brother..
    > Who stand at the front against any and all,
    > To ensure for all time that this flag will not fall.'
    >
    >
    > ' So go back inside,' he said, 'harbor no fright,
    > Your family is waiting and I'll be all right.'
    > 'But isn't there something I can do, at the least,
    > 'Give you money,' I asked, 'or prepare you a feast?
    > It seems all too little for all that you've done,
    > For being away from your wife and your son.'
    >
    >
    > Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret,
    > 'Just tell us you love us, and never forget.
    > To fight for our rights back at home while we're gone,
    > To stand your own watch, no matter how long.
    > For when we come home, either standing or dead,
    > To know you remember we fought and we bled.
    > Is payment enough, and with that we will trust,
    >
    > That we mattered to you as you mattered to us.'
    >
    > PLEASE, would you do me the kind favor of sending this to as many
    > people as you can? Christmas will be coming soon and some credit
    > is due to our
    > U.S service men and women for our being able to celebrate these
    > festivities. Let's try in this small way to pay a tiny bit of what
    > we owe. Make people
    > stop and think of our heroes, living and dead, who sacrificed
    > themselves for us.

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    Wow....I just teared up a little. That is truely wonderful. Remember to thank a soldier when you see them.
    GO TEAM 12

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    very good Mo and oh so true and let us be ever so vigilant



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