Saturday, December 22, 2007

A Different Christmas poem...

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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.

LCDR Jeff Giles, SC, USN30th Naval Construction RegimentOIC, Logistics Cell OneAl Taqqadum, Iraq
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nanc said...

i love this poem.

you have a MERRY CHRISTmas, edge - enjoy yourself this week.


EDGE said...

I will Nanc! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Elmer's Brother said...

ot - how'd that date go?

EDGE said...


Not bad...just taking it slow. Very cute girl and nice... she's an NC State fan though...that's one strike to an ECU Pirate fan! Oh well, better let that one slide.

Elmer's Brother said...

try to lower your expectations a little...even if a woman is a football fan she's probably only into it for the guys.

Brooke said...


Girls can like football, too. :P

Wonderful poem, Edge, and Merry Christmas!

Elmer's Brother said...

now many female football (real) fans do you know?

I can use one finger.

Brooke said...

And which finger would that be, EB? ;)

The Frank Family said...

Merry Christmas, Edge, from me and my football fan wife and kids!!! My team is Kansas City Chiefs and hers is the Seattle Seahawks.

Elmer's Brother said...

okay now I can use two fingers

EDGE said...


You're probably right. Chicks that dig football are usually scouting out hunks like me (riiight)! Merry Chrsitmas!


You're right, girls can like football too! Merry Chrsitmas!

Frank Fam,

Merry Chrsitmas to your family too! Must be rough when the Chiefs and the Seahawks are playing. Oh well could be could have married a Raider fan. ;o)

nanc said...

what elbro says is true. we only play like we like football until we've got you good and interested and then it's TIME TO GO GOLFING!

now, there's a game.

Brooke said...


Ever hear Robin Williams on golfing? LOL!

EDGE said...

You mean this?

Elmer's Brother said...

even nanc agrees with know I'm right now

nanc said...

he's right.

we play like we like alot of things until we've got you roped in with our wiles...

well, until you get to be my age and then we don't play fair AT ALL!

Elmer's Brother said...

you never play fair

Brooke said...

Life isn't fair... Didn't your mom ever tell you? ;)

Elmer's Brother said...

are you kidding me - she STARTED it

EDGE said...

Wow! Chirstmas spirit just overflowing on ECM! ;O)