A Dream of Christmas
When I was seven years old
Woke up one Christmas morning
Tip toed down the stairs
Didn't want to wake anyone
Just wanted to see
If there were any presents
Under the tree
Were yesterday, there were none
I wanted to scream, when I saw
All the beautifully wrapped gifts
I was so happy
I placed my hand, over my mouth
My eyes popped, with joy.
I rushed, back up stairs
Woke my little brother and sister
Silently, I placed a finger
In front of my nose
Shhhhhh! I whispered
Leading them, down the stairs
I searched for my present first
I knew how to read, You see!
I opened my present, I screamed
Silently deep within myself
It was a joyous moment
I got twin holstered
Hopalong Cassidy's Gun set
I didn't thank Santa
I thanked God instead
I handed my sister her present
A Beautiful crying doll
Closing her eyes tight
She looked heavenly bound
With a big smile
Mouthing, thank you
Through the smile,
On her pretty face
Got what he asked, Santa for
A fire engine
When He opened the Box
The batteries, fell to the floor.
I felt the ground shaking
Heard loud thunder, directly over me
I opened my painful eyes
It took a while,
Before I felt, the first tear fall
I was not home
Guess I won't be there, this year
Medical Evacuation Helicopter
Next to me and several
Other wounded Marines
The palm tree were decorated
with colorful lights and garlands
Heard someone say to another
My painful eyes, slowly closed
To the reality, unfolding before me
Was still in Viet Nam
Oh Lord, how I wished
I could go back into my dream.
By: William Bonilla
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|Reviewed by JMS Bell
|YOU WERE...'HOME FOR CHRISTMAS...IF ONLY IN YOUR DREAMS'...THANK YOU FOR SHARING THIS, WILLIAM. I AM SO GLAD YOU MADE IT BACK HOME AND I AM SO GLAD THAT THIS CHRISTMAS OUR HEROES WILL BE CELEBRATING AT HOME WITH THEIR FAMILIES, TOO. THE WHOLE WORLD HAS A LOT TO BE THANKFUL FOR, AND AMERICA, ESPECIALLY... FOR THIS CHRISTMAS! THANKS FOR SHARING. LOVE, BLESSINGS AND FAITH...JOYCE * HIS INSPIRATIONS|
|Reviewed by Mary Coe
|Wow! It started out to be such a beautiful Christmas. I loved the part where you thanked God and not Santa. Then I got to the very sad part. So touching and heartfelt, it brought tear to my eyes. A powerful write. God bless.|
|Reviewed by Ed Matlack
|A finely done rendering & Merry Christmas to you, Sir William...Ed & Rufuz|
|Reviewed by Mr. Ed
|I hope this year all your dreams come true, D'Artagnan, (I'd still like a Hop a Long Cassidy Holster myself!)
And Merry, Merry Christmas to you and your family.
|Reviewed by twinklewrites at her desk (Reader)
|Heartfelt write William...May you and yours have a wonderful Christmas.
Best wishes to you dear friend for the new year...Hugs, Peggy
|Reviewed by Sandie May Angel-Joyce
|Fond memories are magical. They still live on no matter how old we are!!! I'm so glad for you, because it is contagious, I'm feeling all excited about Christmas already!!!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family!!!
Lots of love,
Sandie Angel :o)
|Reviewed by RaeLynn Teller
|Oh, your dreams were much better than reality. So often the other way around. Even all these years later, close your eyes and dream, my friend. Grasp and hold on.
|Reviewed by Sherry Heim
|This poem took me from a sweet comfort zone into a real-live nightmare, William. We raise our children in a world of make-believe then toss them to the wolves of war. Perhaps one day, we will learn how to stop all the fighting. I hope that this year brings you new warm memories that help to wash away the sadness of those Christmases spent in a whirlwind of fear and danger.
|Reviewed by Christine Alwin
|William this touched me so,,,Yes we can grasp on to our dreams and memories,, It helps us escape and get through tough times,,,,,
"A Memory" God Bless you William
|Reviewed by Rose Rideout
|Thank you William for you are one of the many heros, may your Christmas be one of the best and not just a dream. Your words brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for sharing.
Newfie Hugs, Rose
|Reviewed by John Leko
|...whether happy or sad times...Christmas is remembered...it seems to open the heart...this is a gift you share with us.
Merry Christmas William...
|Reviewed by R Beeman
|semper fi my brother. i understand as i stood under our little tree in the city of mogidishu in somalia just wondering. a blessed and needed write my friend.
|Reviewed by Carole Mathys
|This one sure pulls on the heart strings...thank you for fighting the battle overseas, and for all the years you fought a different battle, on the streets!
Merry Christmas to you and yours, Carole~
|Reviewed by Joyce Bowling
|Oh my friend, you've brought tears to my eyes this rainy Sunday...very moving write touched me deeply. An excellent write you take the reader from one setting to another with such realistic imagery. I must say that this one will be among my favorites. Merry Christmas dear friend it sure is great to be back home at the den I've missed everyone!
God bless and merry Christmas from the mountains of Ky,
|Reviewed by E T Waldron
|Wow! A great sharing to help us remember that even now so many soldiers are going through this same thing and we can pray for them and hope they will be home soon!
Merry Christmas To you and yours!
|Reviewed by Tinka Boukes
|Thank you for sharing this wonderful inspired piece!!
|Reviewed by Morning Star
|A brilliant write soldier Welcome Home
God Bless you and all the
Troops and veterans thank you all
You all are the reason we are able to enjoyed
beautiful holidays and freedom!
A heartfelt write!
Wishing you and your family an abundance of blessings
Peace Love and Joy....Merry Christmas....Morning Star
|Reviewed by Rebecca Lerwill
|Thank you William for your duty!! You are so very much appreciated.
May all your Chrsitmas wishes come true from now on and always!
|Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
|Powerful pen, soldier; welcome home! And God bless you!
Merry Christmas to you and yours!
(((HUGS))) and much love, your Tx. friend, Karen Lynn. :D
|Reviewed by Ann Scarborough
|Thank you Hero! For military service, for service to the city keeping the streets safe! Merry Christmas!
|Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner
Thank you, sir, first of all, for your service. Welcome home, soldier, welcome home. Might have come home wounded, but you came home a l i v e. Thank God.
A powerful pen you share: started innocently enough, with smiles all around, and descended into heartbreaking reality--the smiles faded into tears feeling the terror you must have felt.
(((HUGS))) and love, Karla. *tears*
Merry Christmas--God bless our troops, our Veterans!
|Reviewed by Ron (sketchman) Axelson
|Wow, william, I would want to be back in that dream too.
Have a grand Christmas,
|Reviewed by Amber Moonstone
|Oh William, it does bring tears to my eyes, but I know you are safe and sound and not in that awful war zone. One day soon when we meet, we will talk about this, and I will bring healing energy to that part of you that has been there for toooooo long...Much peace, love, and light, where have you been I missed you.