Sunday, 25 December 2011

Merry Christmas


Merry Christmas to one and all.

I hope that everyone has an enjoyable day with friends and family.

To those serving overseas, who are separated from your loved ones, my thoughts and prayers are with you. The following Poem is not my own, I believe it was written by a US Soldier called Lance Corporal James M. Schmidt, (1986)

I could not say it better;

A SOLDIER’S CHRISTMAS – James M. Schmidt, Lance Corporal (1986)

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 honour
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.”

James M. Schmidt, Lance Corporal
(1986)

5 comments:

  1. Very nice poem, and Merry Christmas to you too
    Janet :)

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  2. My highest respects goes out to these soldiers. Merry Christmas to you...May God Bless all of us...

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  3. Janet and ScarlettMAE, Thank you for your comments. Merry Christmas to you both. And to every Peacekeeper serving away from home, God Bless you and Protect you all.

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  4. Beautiful post :)

    Hope you and your family are having a wonderful holiday season!

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  5. Gina,
    Thank you for your comment and your holiday wishes, they are very much appreciated.
    You are right this poem is beautiful, I feel it captures the spirit of the troops I had the honour to command when I was serving and it also reminds us all of the debt we owe to those who bought and maintain our security.
    I hope that you too have a most enjoyable holiday.

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