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Thursday, December 11, 2008

A Different Christmas Poem!!

I have been so bad at keeping up my blog. Sorry for those of you that have been looking and I have nothing new. I did a show last weekend and it was okay but not as good as my first. But it was at a high school during a basket ball game and there just wasn't a big crowd for the game so the show crowd was down also, but I got to spend the weekend with both my sisters and watch my nephews play basketball the CSU Pueblo in Pueblo Colorado and got some shopping done, so it wasn't all a bust.
I received the following poem in an email from GF of mine. Her son was in Iraq so this really hits home for her. It's good to remember those that are fighting for our freedom and having to spend the holidays away from home and away from loved one. Have a great day my friends.

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.

LCDR Jeff Giles, SC, USN
30th Naval Construction Regiment
OIC, Logistics Cell One
Al Taqqadum, Iraq

7 comments:

Terry said...

I love that Joleen! Thanks for posting it.

Sorry your show didn't do well, but I bet it was nice to spend some time with your sisters.

Take care!
Terry

Back in the Day said...

What a wonderful poem! So glad you shared it with the rest of us!

carolyn at cranberry crossings: said...

OMGosh, I am crying like a baby! That was an incredibley moving poem! Bless our soldiers! I don't know how all the military familes cope with their men and women being so far away, especially during the holidays. My heart is heavy for all of them, and burns with pride for all they do for us.
Thanks for posting that!

Farmchick said...

What a beautiful poem. I think of the soldiers families often...how tough that would be to live that life.

Kath said...

Hi Joleen,
Thanks so much for posting this wonderful poem! We all need to remember the sacrifices made for us...and the families of the troops overseas, that will be missing their loved one's this holiday season!!

PEACE-SOON!

holiday hugs-Kath

Farmchick said...

Hey you....just checking up on you. Hope all is well!!

Tania

Gathering Hope said...

Hey girl! Beautiful, just BEAUTIFUL
Sherry