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#1 jimtaylor

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Posted 19 December 2014 - 05:00 PM

I originally posted this five years ago, but think it's worth another outing.
 
I received this from a friend in North Yorkshire who, until he retired, was a Warrant Officer at RAF Leeming.
 

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 small home did live

 

I looked all about, a strange sight I did see –

No tinsel, no presents, not even a tree.

No stocking by the mantle, just boots filled with sand

On the wall hung pictures of a far distant land

 

With medals and badges, awards of all kinds.

A sobering thought soon came into my mind.

For this house was different, it was stark and dreary,

T'was the home of a soldier, that I could see clearly

 

I'd heard stories about them, so I had to see more.

I walked down the hallway and pushed open the door

The soldier lay sleeping there, silent, alone

Curled up on the floor in his solitary home

 

The face was so tranquil, the room all in order

Not how I would picture the home of a soldier…

Was this the hero of whom I had read,

Curled up on a poncho, the floor for a bed

 

His hair was close cropped, his face weathered tan.

I soon understood this was no ordinary a man.

And I realized the families that I saw this night,

Owe their lives to these men who are willing to fight.

 

And soon round the world the children would play

And grownups would celebrate a new Christmas day

They all enjoy freedom each day of the year

Because of the soldiers, like the one lying here.

 

I couldn't help wonder how many more lay alone

On a dark Christmas eve in a land far from home.

Just the very thought brought a tear to my eye,

I dropped to my knees and I started to cry.

 

The soldier awakened, I heard a calm voice

"Santa don't cry, this life is my choice.

I fight for freedom, I don't ask any more

My life is my God, my country, my corps"

 

With that he rolled over, drifted back into sleep,

I couldn't control it, I continued to weep.

I took off my jacket, the one made of red,

To cover this soldier from his toes to his head.

 

I kept watch for hours, so silent and still

Both of us shivering from that nights chill.

I didn't want to leave him, on a cold dark night,

This guardian of honour so willing to fight.

 

Then the soldier rewoke and in a voice soft and pure

Whispered "carry on Santa, Christmas day is secure"

One look at my watch and I knew he was right

"Merry Christmas my friend - and to all a good night!"

 
 
 
This poem was written by a British peace keeping 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 much credit is due to our British service men and women ( past and present) for our being able to celebrate these festivities.
 
Let's try in this small way to pay back a tiny bit of what we owe! 

Edited by jimtaylor, 19 December 2014 - 05:01 PM.

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Posted 19 December 2014 - 05:36 PM

Excellent Jim, thank you.

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Posted 19 December 2014 - 05:47 PM

Oh, Jim, thank you.   That is beautiful.



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Posted 19 December 2014 - 08:46 PM

Thanks for that Jim. Hope you don't mind, I re-posted the whole thing on Facebook. Hope it gets even further!



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Posted 20 December 2014 - 09:29 AM

Hi Jim, I've also re-posted in the dreaded "FB". Hopefully, it'll reach out to many more people this way. Happy Christmas to you all and best wishes for a fabulous 2015.

Edited by Peter P, 20 December 2014 - 09:30 AM.


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Posted 20 December 2014 - 09:42 AM

Me too Jim, I guess Facebook must be full of it. Merry Christmas to all forum members, and a peaceful New Year.

 

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#7 jimtaylor

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Posted 20 December 2014 - 10:20 AM

Hi guys - thanks for spreading it around. I'm not a FB person and wouldn't know how to do it myself.



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Posted 20 December 2014 - 03:37 PM

Shared it on my Marina Jan FB also Jim. This is the account I befriend anyone who asks - so got 1,131 friends around the world wouldn´t you know it lol  



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Posted 20 December 2014 - 05:53 PM

Bet you're only after free holiday accommodation, Jan!




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