A Christmas Poem

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  1. This has probably been posted here before, but as I'm away for Crimbo myself, I thought that I would share it.

    So Merry Christmas!


    A CHRISTMAS POEM


    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 garden 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,
    Then I saw a Royal Marine, huddled there 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 "It’s really all right,
    I'm out here by choice. I'm here every night."
    "It's my duty to stand at the front of the line,
    That separates you from the darkest of times.


    No one had to ask or beg or implore me,
    I'm proud to stand here like my fathers before me.
    My Grandfather died in France ' on a day in December,"
    Then he sighed, "That's a Christmas 'Gran always remembers."
    My Dad stood his watch in the jungles of Burma
    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... A Union 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 trench 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, "harbour 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 money," I asked, "or 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."
     
  2. :pukel: Chad as feck

    you soft cnut
     
  3. Knobber........

    JT
     
  4. Why was Royal cracking sentry routine outside your house?
    Do you live in Camp Bastion?

    I think you will find that he was probably tugging one off peering through your windows at the misses and kids when you rumbled him and in true bootneck fashion he pulled off an excellent blag albeit an uber chad one with tears an all.

    It was very funny though i must admit it had me in tears of laughter.

    Your names not Preece is it?
     
  5. Chad eh? Like your little photo of "Heno" hahahahaha

    Fcuk me. I hope you 2 knob jockeys arn't Booties?

    JT
     
  6. wet_blobby

    wet_blobby War Hero Moderator

    Do I sense a teenyweeny sense of humour failure?
     
  7. Knobjockies eh!!

    Says you "drifting around on the med" I bet your on the love boat getting juiced up over young boys. Sun-tan lotion anyone!!
     
  8. Henno??

    Thats a picture of Grant Mitchell when he was in the Para Reg.

    Im still in wails of hysterics over your rancid poem.

    Merry Xmas.

    Luke drifting around the Gulf sucking on pulsating black veiny chombs.
     
  9. Beefer :thumright:
     
  10. You're all knobbers...........;-)

    JT
     

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