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Posted on Tue, Dec 15, 2009 17:36

 

Not sure who wrote this or wehere I got it,, but at this time of year,, I like it !

 

 

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,
I crept to the door just to see who was near.

Standing out in the cold and 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, 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 snow blown 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, 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 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..

We stand at the front against any and all,
To ensure for all time 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."

His eyes 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."

 

 






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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Posted on Sun, Dec 20, 2009 08:42

You have a wonderful gift..God bless You.and prayers for our soliders and those whom have passed...Merry Christmas and hopes for a Happier New Year!!! Noel


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Posted on Wed, Dec 16, 2009 17:47

Quoting DONTFITMOLD:

BoldnSexy.....thanks for reminding me...thought I'd share too..... circa 1962



Dman,, thanks !



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Posted on Wed, Dec 16, 2009 15:41

Quoting boldnsexy:

DFM, if we put our pics together we'd make a nioce couple, lol.


In any decade dear..thanks



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Posted on Wed, Dec 16, 2009 11:28

BoldnSexy.....thanks for reminding me...thought I'd share too..... circa 1962


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Posted on Wed, Dec 16, 2009 08:33

Quoting Curious2078:

"Ray, sorry to go off topic on your blog."

That was my fault--sorry--Pat

 



Pat !  no worries woman.  :)



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Posted on Wed, Dec 16, 2009 07:00

"Ray, sorry to go off topic on your blog."

That was my fault--sorry--Pat

 



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Posted on Wed, Dec 16, 2009 04:18

Quoting professor08:

Thank you so much for posting this beautiful poem and reminding us to pray and be thankful for what we have and for those that so bravely fight for what we have.

Renae

 



Renae,, thanks for posting,, I just think now and again,, we need a reminder.



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Posted on Wed, Dec 16, 2009 04:17

Quoting boldnsexy:

Hello Pat, I was in the Air Force.  I went in when I was 17, a lifetime ago, lol.  I was so young I had to have my mom sign the papers to be accepted because I was a minor.

As for adopting a soldier, I can't post the link so you can type in the search engine soldiersangels (dot) org

 

Ray, sorry to go off topic on your blog.

 



Elaine,,, No Worries,, its a very worthy cause,, thanks for sharing !



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Posted on Tue, Dec 15, 2009 19:17

"Even though I was a soldier I  can't seem to reach him, he has shut down."

Elaine: How awfully sad.  And how often this does seem to be the case.  Also, your remark:  "I was a soldier."  What branch did you serve in?  More importantly, thank you.

Also:  "I had made a decision to adopt a soldier and send a letter once a week, it is a 3 month commitment then after that it is up to the individual whether to continue corresponding or not."

What program is this?  How can I get into it?

Pat

 

 



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Posted on Tue, Dec 15, 2009 19:09

AMEN...

 

 



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Posted on Tue, Dec 15, 2009 17:59

Thank you so much for posting this beautiful poem and reminding us to pray and be thankful for what we have and for those that so bravely fight for what we have.

Renae

 



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