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west lakes
4th Dec 2007, 08:59
Its Christmas Day - 'all Is Secure'.

Its Christmas Day - 'all Is Secure'.

It 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 The 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 Lone British 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 Enjoy Freedom Each Month Of The Year Because Of The Soldiers Like The One Lying Here I Couldn't Help Wonder How Many Alone On A
Cold Christmas Eve In A Land Far From Home

The Very Though 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 Sat And
Shivered From The Cold Nights 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 Its 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'


This Poem Was Written By A Soldier Stationed Overseas The Following Is His Request .

Christmas Will Be Coming Soon And Credit Is Due To Our British Service Men And Women For Our Being Able To Celebrate These Festivities.


Lets Try In This Small Way To Pay A Tiny Bit Back !

BDiONU
4th Dec 2007, 12:09
Might be nice to attribute it. http://www.snopes.com/holidays/christmas/soldier.asp

It is the soldier, not the reporter,
Who gave us freedom of press.

It is the soldier, not the poet,
Who gave us freedom of speech.

It is the soldier, not the campus organiser,
Who gave us freedom to demonstrate.

It is the soldier, not the lawyer,
Who gave us the right to a fair trial.

It is the soldier who salutes the flag, Who serves under the flag, who's coffin is draped by the flag;
Who allows the protester to burn the flag.

Father Denis O'Brien USMC.


BD

Gainesy
4th Dec 2007, 13:33
Hmm, kipping on stag?:suspect:

chiglet
4th Dec 2007, 22:25
wl,
beat me to it..although a slightly different version...still, it's appropriate tho'
watp,iktch