Thursday, December 17, 2009

Thankful Thursday and my 100th Post!

Happy Thursday my friends!  Hope you are all having a great week so far! :o)  Today I wanted to post a different kind of Christmas poem to remind us to be thankful for all we have and to also say a BIG thank you to all of our service men and women and their families for all you do for us and for keeping us all safe and for all of your sacrifices.  I hope that all of you get home safe and sound very soon and I will be thinking of you during this holiday season.

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."

That is one of my favorite holiday poems and I like it even more because it is not the traditional poem.  (I'm weird that way - just ask my husband - I like to be different - HA) 

This is also my 100th post today  - YAY!!!  I will be hosting a giveaway soon once I figure out exactly how to do that - LOL  So any help/advice anyone can offer I would really appreciate it.  I don't know anything about the random number, etc.  Also, if anyone can give me advice on how to italicize my titles, etc... I've tried to figure it out but have yet to do so.  Thanks in advance everyone! 

Have a great day!

Love and kisses,


  1. Happy 100th post - a real milestone, heres to many more to come.

    A really beautiful poem, it brought a lump to my throat. Many thanks for posting it.

  2. Congratulations! That poem was great. I love the untradional ones too. Happy Thursday Back at ya!

  3. Beautiful poam, great reminder.

    Congrats on the 100th, I look forward to 100 more days of fun with you;)

  4. Great poem....made me a little misty eyed.

    Congrats on 100 posts!

  5. Great poem and congrats on 200. Great job!!
    hugs hugs

  6. I saw this poem posted over a A Army Mom's Place a few weeks back. Still makes me cry. I'll tell you what I told her. I remember growing up on military bases and watch very young military police officers walking patrol this time of the year and looking longingly into the windows with Christmas trees. Broke my heart, even as a child.

    Congrats on is to another 100 and another and another.


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