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Voyage North

Merry Christmas to all our Armed Forces!

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Voyage North

THE SANDS OF CHRISTMAS

By Michael Marks

I had no Christmas spirit when I breathed a weary sigh,

and looked across the table where the bills were piled too high.

The laundry wasn't finished and the car I had to fix,

My stocks were down another point, the Chargers lost by six.

And so with only minutes till my son got home from school

I gave up on the drudgery and grabbed a wooden stool.

The burdens that I carried were about all I could take,

and so I flipped the TV on to catch a little break.

I came upon a desert scene in shades of tan and rust,

No snowflakes hung upon the wind, just clouds of swirling dust.

And where the reindeer should have stood before a laden sleigh,

eight Humvees ran a column right behind an M1A.

A group of boys walked past the tank, not one was past his teens,

Their eyes were hard as polished flint, their faces drawn and lean.

They walked the street in armor with their rifles shouldered tight,

their dearest wish for Christmas, just to have a silent night.

Other soldiers gathered, hunkered down against the wind,

To share a scrap of mail and dreams of going home again.

There wasn't much at all to put their lonely hearts at ease,

They had no Christmas turkey, just a pack of MREs.

They didn't have a garland or a stocking I could see,

They didn't need an ornament--they lacked a Christmas tree.

They didn't have a present even though it was tradition,

the only boxes I could see were labeled "ammunition."

I felt a little tug and found my son now by my side,

He asked me what it was I feared, and why it was I cried.

I swept him up into my arms and held him oh so near

and kissed him on the forehead as I whispered in his ear.

There's nothing wrong my little son, for safe we sleep tonight,

our heroes stand on foreign land to give us all the right,

to worry on the things in life that mean nothing at all,

instead of wondering if we will be the next to fall.

He looked at me as children do and said it's always right,

to thank the ones who help us and perhaps that we should write.

And so we pushed aside the bills and sat to draft a note,

to thank the many far from home, and this is what we wrote:

God bless you all and keep you safe, and speed your way back home.

Remember that we love you so, and that you're not alone.

The gift you give you share with all, a present every day,

You give the gift of liberty and that we can't repay.

Copyright 2003 Michael Marks: "I freely submit this poem for reprint

without reservation--this is an open and grateful tribute to the men

and women who serve every day to keep our nation safe."

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Surface Tension    262
Surface Tension

Thanks for sharing that.

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Northlander    71
Northlander

Thank you for that. Good job!

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VERY APPROPRIATE. I hope everyone realizes what these young people are doing for us, also the families of these military people, that are without there loved ones

on this special holiday.

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REEFRAKER    0
REEFRAKER

Thanks for passing that on to us. It makes my problems seem rather trivial

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backcast

Thank-you for posting that. May God bless our men and women in uniform past, present and future who have and will sacrifice for our freedoms.

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priorbass

Thanks for the post...this one means alot ...this one hits close to home...Al and I both have son over there...but we have both heard from them in the last few days and know there are ok...thanks to all military family who have a loved one there ...best to you and them and have a safe and happy holiday

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Northlander    71
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I have friends that are now back and 1 still over there and Im glad they are all ok. They all made a huge sacrifice for us and Im here to say THANK YOU to them all! Merry Christmas everyone.

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