A tribute to the families that are not together this Christmas….

This poem (which I’ve seen several times over the past couple of years) came across my email inbox this morning and I thought it fitting to honor the families (some of which I read their blogs) that are not together this year due to service to our country in the military that gives selflessly to protect MY family and our rights to worship, homeschool, be free from terror, etc.    A special thank you to those men and women that are serving our country and our rights both here in the US as well as abroad!

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.”

If you’d like to go and love on a couple of these families, please head over to Sandra’s and Michelle’s blogs 🙂

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3 Responses to A tribute to the families that are not together this Christmas….

  1. Sandra says:

    Lori Thank you so much for that, it brought tears to my eyes. I’ve spent Thanksgiving and Christmas away from Curt before and it was heartbreaking for me and Jasmine.

    I know Michelle is going through a hard time right now too and I just want to take all these other military wives and draw them into a HUGE hug.

    Thank you for your words, you have no idea how much they mean to us military families 🙂

    Huge hugs,
    Sandra

  2. Michelle says:

    I second what Sandra said! If that doesn’t put a tear in your eye I don’t know what will! Thank you for sharing and thank you for your support too!

  3. Amy says:

    Thanks for sharing this! And thanks for posting the comment on my blog. I had lost your link somewhere..now I can come check your blog more often!
    amy

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