Twas the night before Christmas, he lived all alone,
in a one bedroom house made of plaster and stone.
I had come down the chimney with presents to give,
and to see just who in this home did live.
I looked all about, a strange sight I did see,
no tinsel, no presents, not even a tree.
No stocking by mantle, just boots filled with sand,
on the wall hung pictures of far distant lands.
With medals and badges, awards of all kinds,
a sober thought came through my mind.
For this house was different, it was dark and dreary,
I found the home of a soldier, once I could see clearly.
The soldier lay sleeping, silent, alone,
curled up on the floor in this one bedroom home.
The face was so gentle, the room in such disorder,
not how I pictured a United States soldier.
Was this the hero of whom I'd just read?
Curled up on a poncho, the floor for a bed?
I realized the families that I saw this night,
owed their lives to these soldiers who were willing to fight.
Soon round the world, the children would play,
and grownups would celebrate a bright Christmas Day.
They all enjoyed freedom each month of the year,
because of the soldiers, like the one lying here.
I couldn't help wonder how many lay alone,
on a cold Christmas Eve in a land far from home.
The very thought brought a tear to my eye,
I dropped to my knees and started to cry.
The soldier awakened and I heard a rough voice,
"Santa don't cry, this life is my choice;
I fight for freedom, I don't ask for more,
my life is my God, my country, my corps."
The soldier rolled over and drifted to sleep,
I couldn't control it, I continued to weep.
I kept watch for hours, so silent and still
and we both shivered from the cold night's chill.
I didn't want to leave on that cold, dark night,
this guardian of honor so willing to fight.
Then the soldier rolled over, with a voice soft and pure,
whispered, "Carry on Santa, it's Christmas Day, all is secure."
One look at my watch, and I knew he was right.
"Merry Christmas my friend,
and to all a good night."
This poem was written by a Marine stationed in
Okinawa, Japan. The following is his request.
I think it is reasonable.....
" 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
US 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.
Please, do your small part to plant this small seed."
And. . . I would like to add:
Let's not forget to remember them in our prayers. . .
that GOD will bring them home safe and sound . . SOON!
My Dear Grandson, Zachary Lynch was
deployed to Iraq on Nov. 14, 2003.
I want to dedicate this page to him and all
the other brave men & women who fight to
keep our country safe.
May God Bless You All & Most Of All
Keep You Safe!