Wednesday, December 14, 2005

A present from Vivian!

I received the nicest e-mail from Vivian today! Seems she found two things that she thought would be nice shared over here in my little piece of the internet.

Vivian says:
I wanted to share these two with you. I enjoy coming to your blogs so much to see the wonderful things you share...I thought I'd share these with you if you haven't already seen them. I'd rather see them in your place than post them in mine....would you mind sharing them on your blog?


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.
Sleep without fear as you turn out your lights."
"It's my duty to stand at the front of this line,
That separates you from the darkest of times.
No one has asked or begged or implored 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 remembered."

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 some money, 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.


So, Thank you Vivian! And, if you haven't already, you should definitely go over to Nwanyioma's bSpot and check her out!


Celeste said...

COURTENAY! Hi ya's hon'! MISS you. I now have the "Exodus" list, so I will be able to keep up with everyone better. My AOL alerts are completely cooked...for over two weeks now...bastids. i received this poem from a friend too...lovely. Hope you are well. ;) C.

Globetrotter said...

Loved the poem, though it made me choke up, as anything regarding the soldiers tends to do.

The puzzle was awesome, loved the raunchy looking Santa:)

Thanks for sharing and thanks to Vivian!

Gabreael said...

That is a great poem.


Vivian said...

Yes, this is where I like to come for wonderful cyber Christmas presents....thank you so much for sharing the card and the poem!

Ari said...

OH that was really cute! My son helped me with the puzzle. Awesome, thanks to you and Vivian!


V said...


Jod{i} said...

I love Jackie Lawson!
Happy Holidays
Cheers(lifting the nyquil! lol)


Judith HeartSong said...

just wonderful... we are a terrific family.