A Different Christmas Poem
by Kathy Armijo
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
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I received this via email. The author is unknown, but I wanted to share this inspiring message with all of you. Please feel free to copy and forward to your friends. Thank you for reading this.
Remember to keep our soldiers and their families in your prayers.
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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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|Reviewed by Tom Bell (Reader)
|For your info,
The above was by the following person...
LCDR Jeff Giles, SC, USN
30t h Naval Construction Regiment
OIC, Logistics Cell One
Al Taqqadum , Iraq
|Reviewed by Poetess of The Soul Sheila G
|AWESOME! I love this very important article, I've seen in earlier!
Hail! OUR Troops!
I will be sending this out, glad it blessed my path again Kathy!
Happy Holidays to you and yours!
Warm love and Warmer hugs, Warrior Purple Lady Sheeeooxoo
|Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen
|Kathy this is an amazing poem, I will show everyone I can
|Reviewed by Karen Palumbo
|Thank you Kathy! Yes, I have read this one before by an unknown author and posted it too last year, December 21, 2006 to be exact. It is one that warrents being posted every year and needs to be passed around to as many souls who will read it. God Bless You!
|Reviewed by E T Waldron
|The best gift I get this Christmas is this reminder so we can never forget who keeps us safe to enjoy our holidays and our freedom! Thank you Kathy, and the friend that sent it to you!Bless you both, and God bless all the servicemen who are standing guard over us now,in all the places they are serving!
|Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader)
|Be kewl if Santa would pick the all up in his sleigh and take them home.... Santa? I mean Father Christmas..lol|
|Reviewed by Rose Rideout
|Kathy this is so touching and I will pass it on for sure, thank you for sharing.
Newfie Hugs, Rose
|Reviewed by Felix Perry
|Beautiuful sadness that plays and tugs at the heart strings with a sense of God Bless.
Hope your husband is doing better, my thoughts and prayers are with you and he.
|Reviewed by Mr. Ed
|Remember to keep our soldiers and their families in your prayers.
|Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader)
|Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan
|Thank you for this|
|Reviewed by Georg Mateos
|On the next five minutes this poem will be going to 2.735 e-mail addresses of War-Veterans in Exile connected by a few associations, mostly Marines, in Latin America, Europe and Australia that had the sense to go somewhere else to be taken care of.
I am sure that they will send it over and over and over, like we did with Andy.
Thanks from the deep of my heart.
|Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner
Can barely see for the tears in my eyes, can barely swallow for the lump in my throat...this is BEAUTIFUL. Powerful. Thank you. God bless our men and women in uniform! Thank a Veteran, who has already served!
(((HUGS))) and ove, Karla.
|Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart
|Thank you for sharing this very heart touching poem Kathy.|
|Reviewed by Walt Hardester
|Bring them home!!
|Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
|AMEN!! Beautiful reminder of not to forget our brave men and women of the military, thos who served, those who continue to serve, those who will serve in the future. God bless 'em all! Very well penned, Kathy; this is gorgeous!
(((HGUS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D
|Reviewed by Paul Berube
A very inspirational piece. There are many angels out there watching over us and the greatest compliment we can pay them is to always remember. Wherever there's a need to answer a call it is comforting to know that these angels stand tall. Peace and Blessings to You and Yours in this Holiday Season.
|Reviewed by George Carroll
|Yes I have received this wonderful poem also and I pray everyone will read and say a prayer for our fighting forces all over this globe. Thanks for passing it on Kathy.|
|Reviewed by Paul Berube
|Thanks for sharing this Kathy. A sad but beautiful reminder as to what my fellow troops are doing and going through in order to preserve freedom. Not just for us here but for the oppressed all over the world; especially for the children. Merry Christmas and God bless my friend.|