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A Camouflaged Christmas
by Sherry Gail Heim
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This is the e-mail I got from my friend in Iraq in response to this poem:
Are you sure you're not over here??? Your poem nailed it on the head, as usual. Should be home in February. We're doing okay, and the elections will be held. Then it will be time for someone else to take the next chapter of Iraq's future.
Love ya,

It’s not feeling like Christmas

In this land called Iraq

Where a soldier on watch

Is avoiding attack


A sand storm is raging

He could sure use some rest

Not at home for Christmas

Puts his strength to the test


Then from out of the dark

Comes a small little boy

Walking with caution

And acting quite coy


“Thanks for the pencils

The crayons, the food

Thanks for my family

And the job that you do”


“Thanks for the chance

To be one day free

To live in a land

That will embrace liberty”


Then up in the sky

A sleigh did appear

With a fat jolly man

And several reindeer


Their shadow cast

On the face of the moon

That soldier could hear

A faint Christmas tune


He pondered a thought

Then breathed a deep sigh

Wiping the tears

From under his eye


There may not be snow

Or a tree bright with lights

But he’s brought hope to a child

As he fights for his rights


Sherry Gail Heim

December 16, 2004

Copyright © Sherry Gail Heim 2004


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Reviewed by Mary Quire 12/4/2005
Beautifully done. A word of hope for those who need it.
Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie 12/20/2004
Beautiful and outstanding message Sherry, this was wonderful!

Reviewed by Sandie Angel 12/20/2004
Wonderful write Sherry! EXCELLENT message.

Here's wishing you a Wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Sandie May Angel a.k.a. Sandie Angel :o)
Reviewed by Tracey L. O' Very (Reader) 12/19/2004
This brings so much hope and happiness in the gloom of these days. Very Loving and Respectful poem of your heart.
Thank You so Very Much.
Merry Christmas MAny Blessed Years
Reviewed by Lori Moore 12/19/2004
This is great and the picture speaks volumes... just the story the main stream press is unwilling to cover... the same story a few of my friends who are now back have relayed... Excellent job, Sherry!
Reviewed by Nordette Adams 12/19/2004
Wonderful poem, Sherry. A skillful, touching write. Happy Holidays!
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 12/19/2004
When all is said and done, political debate and wrangling aside, this is what it's all for - person to person, fighting for life and love to survive the selfish greed and demands of others. Bless you for this, Sherry, and though this whole issue is weighted down with camouflage of various shades, hues and descriptions, this write is crystal clear and spot-on "out there!" in more ways than one. Well done, and may our gratitude and respect filter through to Chris and his mates from all of us "back home"... LOL Kate xx
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 12/18/2004
This poem, "A Camouflaged Christmas" is a gift to serenity in humanity.

I enjoyed the reading of this beautiful singful peace.

Healthy Blissful Weekend, Poet!

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by Debashish Haar (Reader) 12/18/2004
This is a powerful and timely poem...EXCELLENT work!

Reviewed by jude forese 12/17/2004
a very strong and valid message in this defining poem ... excellent work!
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 12/17/2004
Powerfully meaningful beyond any words that I can add to this interchange. Thank you for sharing, Sherry. Love and peace to you. Regis
Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper 12/17/2004
Very good poem Sherry. Hope your holiday is great. G
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 12/17/2004

you know you've penned an amazing work when someone who's living your words comments on the accuracy of them. your tributes to our soldiers are outstanding and gratefully read. i salute you, as a veteran, the daughter, sister and niece of veterans, thank you for remembering that war is hell...and we need to stand behind and support our troops for what they're fighting for.

(((HUGS))) and love, karla.

merry christmas to you, too :) AND GOD BLESS AND BE WITH OUR TROOPS
Reviewed by George Jackson 12/17/2004
Sherry, an amazing poem. I support each and every one of our troops here and overseas, despite what I may or may not think of the war itself. Very well done.
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 12/17/2004
A deeply touching read Sherry!!

Did you notice the boys hand on the soldiers...looks loke the color of his patchwork......amazing!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Michelle Mills 12/17/2004
That is one of your nicest writes ever. I love it!!!! Beautiful sentiment, and it will no doubt comfort some lonely hearts who long for their loved ones this Christmas. Bless you dear friend...Michelle
Reviewed by Lisa Hilbers 12/17/2004
Oh Sherry, God Bless You! I needed this today. Not only was it beautifully penned, but there stands within it a message for all.
I wish I could hug each of our fighting men and women and tell them thank you face to face....
Merry Christmas Sherry!

Reviewed by Felix Perry 12/17/2004
A nice write on a sensitive subject, hope there is a way to forward to the soldiers in Iraq. Nice way to show we care.
Reviewed by Handsum Hart 12/17/2004
A touching write, shining with a big ray of hope.

Happy Holidays
Reviewed by Silke Lance, Dr. Ph (Reader) 12/16/2004
A great write!
Reviewed by William Bonilla 12/16/2004
quite a fantastic write
most enjoyable reading

William .....Peace & Love
Reviewed by E T Waldron 12/16/2004
Oh Sherry! Magnificent story/poem! Your compassion is showing;-) And your eloquent thoughts of what's important to remember this Christmas! Poetic excellence! Love, Eileen
Reviewed by Erin Kelly-Moen 12/16/2004
Beautifully wrought, Sherry, sharing that which makes us Human in a poignant tale with familiar ties to peace.
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