"A Soldier's Silent Night"


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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

To see just who,

in this dwelling did live.


I looked all around

A strange sight to see

No tinsel, no presents,

Not even a tree.


No stockings on the mantel

Just boots filled with sand

On the wall hung pictures

of far distant lands.


Metals 'n badges,

awards of every kind;

A sobering thought

came alive in my mind.


This house was different...

it was dark, it was dreary.

I had found the home of a soldier,

I could see that most clearly.


The soldier lay sleeping,

Silent, Alone;

Curled up on the floor

In this one bedroom home.


His face was so gentle,

The room in such disorder;

Not at all how I pictured

a United States' soldier.


Was this the hero

of whom I'd just read;

Curled up on a poncho,

the floor for a bed?


Then I realized the other families

I saw this night,

Owed their lives to soldiers

Who were willing to fight.


In the morning, round the world,

Children would play;

Grown-ups would celebrate

A bright Christmas Day.


But they all enjoy freedom

Each month of the year,

Because of soldiers

Like the one lying here.


I couldn't help but wonder

How many lay alone,

On a cold Christmas Eve

In lands far from home.


The very thought

Brought a tear to my eyes;

I dropped to my knees,

I started to cry.


The soldier awakened

I heard his 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.

But, I couldn't control it,

I continued to weep.


I kept watch for hours,

So silent and still;

As both of us shivered

From the cold night's chill.


I didn't want to leave him

On that cold, dark night;

This guardian of honor,

So willing to fight.


Then, the soldier rolled over,

In a voice soft and pure,

He whispered, "Carry on Santa,

It's Christmas Day, all is secure."


One look at my watch,

I knew he was right.

Merry Christmas my friend,

May God bless you this night.



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