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A Christmas poem 1

Post by grammer » Wed Dec 22, 2010 8:59 pm

T'WAS 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 DISORDER,

NOT HOW I PICTURED,

A TRUE PEACEKEEPING SOLDIER.

WAS THIS THE HERO,
OF WHOM I'D JUST READ?

CURLED UP ON A PONCHO,
THE FLOOR FOR A BED?


I REALISED 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 DID NOT 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,
A ND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT."

This poem was written by a Peacekeeping soldier stationed overseas. The following is his request. I think it is reasonable


PLEASE. Would you do me the kind favour of sending this to as many people as you can? Christmas will be coming soon and some credit is due to all of the 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


sent from my PC and typed on a keyboard (old fashioned black colour) using three fingers

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Re: A Christmas poem 1

Post by spudseamus » Thu Dec 23, 2010 1:08 am

thanks Grammer here i was feeling sorry for meself coz of all the rushin' around and stuff!! yes I have now paused and will adjust my thoughts accordingly thanks again and Merry Christmas to all and to all a goodnight



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Post by Rocker » Mon Feb 06, 2012 9:25 am

Bob Geldof was on T.V last night. One thing struck me - he said his three poetry teachers had shaped his life and made a difference. Poetry is powerful. This poem should be read often just to let us know how lucky we are to be free and to think of soldiers in half the world who are at war.


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Re: A Christmas poem 1

Post by Toss » Thu Dec 14, 2017 1:40 pm

Thought I'd resurrect this and wish everyone all the best for the festive season .... especially the original poster wuu


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Re: A Christmas poem 1

Post by Rocker » Thu Dec 14, 2017 4:24 pm

Toss wrote:Thought I'd resurrect this and wish everyone all the best for the festive season .... especially the original poster wuu
Oh Toss dnc2 dnc2


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Re: A Christmas poem 1

Post by Jemser » Thu Dec 14, 2017 4:53 pm

Wonderful sentiments Toss, I salute you. I read that poem with a tear in my eye and also thought of the original poster. Best Wishes to you Grammer, thinking of you and wishing you the very best. salue


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Re: A Christmas poem 1

Post by Holla » Thu Dec 14, 2017 8:20 pm

Here here,best wishes Grammer



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Re: A Christmas poem 1

Post by Strum » Fri Dec 15, 2017 3:39 pm

Fantastic. Wishing you all the best Grammer.



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Re: A Christmas poem 1

Post by jabra » Fri Dec 15, 2017 10:37 pm

Best wishes to you Grammer


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Re: A Christmas poem 1

Post by Snowhite » Mon Dec 18, 2017 12:32 am

A Beautiful Poem, Wishing Grammer all the Best this Christmas dnc2


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Re: A Christmas poem 1

Post by Denis Cromie » Tue Dec 19, 2017 5:20 pm

Well done Toss,a great reminder of how good Grammer's postings are. So lets have more Grammer, when you can.



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Re: A Christmas poem 1

Post by Rocker » Sat Dec 23, 2017 10:41 am

As the big day is approaching wanted to wish you, one and all, at home and abroad a

HAPPY CHRISTMAS

HAPPY CHRISTMAS


I am not afraid of tomorrow, for I have seen yesterday and I love today.
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Re: A Christmas poem 1

Post by Denis Cromie » Sat Dec 23, 2017 4:21 pm

I second that.
HAPPY CHRISTMAS All



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Post by jabra » Sat Dec 23, 2017 5:03 pm

HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE.


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Post by Jemser » Sun Dec 24, 2017 1:56 am

Merry Christmas, to one and all. Thanks for another year of wonderful posts from everyone. dnc1


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Re: A Christmas poem 1

Post by bugrock » Sun Dec 24, 2017 4:19 am

Love to all, especially Grammer!


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Re: A Christmas poem 1

Post by Sinead » Sun Dec 24, 2017 9:27 am

I posted my greetings in the wrong string by the look of it - what's new says all of you.

To each and every one of you my cyber pals a Very Happy Christmas,
Good Health and Happiness in 2018.

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Re: A Christmas poem 1

Post by Denis Cromie » Sun Dec 24, 2017 9:37 am

No you didn't we did. Anyway Christmas can be so nice no harm to say it twice,HAPPY CHRISTMAS ALL. dnc2



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Re: A Christmas poem 1

Post by keeper » Sun Dec 24, 2017 8:14 pm

Yes Denis ! I agree so I'll join you in saying it twice ! HAPPY CHRISTMAS ALL wuu
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