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Thursday, November 29, 2007


Since I'm having one of those days where I have absolutely nothing to write about I thought that I would share with you this poem that has been sent to me via e-mail. It's very powerful.

Yes we can read this as if any military man or woman but I guess I'm just a little partial to the Marines... ya think?


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."
Proudly Brought to You by Dixie 2:38 PM

Comments on "BEWARE - KLEENEX ALERT!!!"


Blogger Matt-Man said ... (11/29/2007 8:58 AM) : 

Very nice. Have a good ay Dixie. Cheers!!


Blogger Sandee (Comedy +) said ... (11/29/2007 2:11 PM) : 

It's always been one of my favorites. Bless you girlfriend. Hugs and have a great day. :)


Blogger the108 said ... (11/29/2007 2:26 PM) : 

Very well written, that one is. Happy holidays!


Blogger Travis said ... (11/29/2007 6:49 PM) : 

I've read this before, but it's always worth another look.


Blogger Turnbaby said ... (11/29/2007 7:39 PM) : 

Very nice sugar.



Blogger katherine. said ... (11/29/2007 7:48 PM) : 

next time I will heed the warning...

good read.


Blogger Sarge Charlie said ... (11/30/2007 8:05 AM) : 

Thanks dixie.


Blogger Linda said ... (11/30/2007 10:52 AM) : 

What a lovely poem and thank you for the tissue alert prior! This time of year, I always need to keep some close at hand!


Blogger angell said ... (11/30/2007 11:16 AM) : 

Beautiful honey. Thank you for sharing with us.

*sniff* Thankfully I keep a box of tissue on my desk - anyone need any?



Blogger Amazing Gracie said ... (12/01/2007 4:02 AM) : 

I just got this one today (Friday) from a friend and sent it to a lot of people. And yeah, I cried. I'm good at that...


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