For Our Military Men!

  • buzzman182004

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    Dec 08, 2009 12:09 AM GMT
    A different kind of Christmas poem that I enjoyed, hope you do to!

    Just wanted to say thank you to all you gentlemen who have served in our military, past or present! Received this in an email and it gave me goosebumps! You are in my thoughts. Merry Christmas! icon_biggrin.gif


    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 yard 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,
    Perhaps a Marine, huddled here 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 "Its 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 Gramps died at ' Pearl on a day in December,"
    Then he sighed, "That's a Christmas 'Gram always remembers."

    "My dad stood his watch in the jungles of ' Nam ',
    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.. an American 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 foxhole 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, "harbor 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."
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    Dec 08, 2009 2:15 AM GMT
    Amen. I hope my cousins be safe wherever they are
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    Dec 08, 2009 2:37 AM GMT

    Thanks, buzzman! We liked that.
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    Dec 08, 2009 2:51 AM GMT
    Nice reminder that freedom isn't free

    The brave young men and women of our military have my unconditional Respect, Gratitude and Admiration.
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    Dec 08, 2009 3:05 AM GMT
    thank you.
  • buzzman182004

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    Dec 08, 2009 3:10 AM GMT
    Glad you liked it! icon_biggrin.gif It gave me chills when I first read it, and I thought it was a great way to show our men (and women) the respect they deserved!

    meninlove said
    Thanks, buzzman! We liked that.
  • buzzman182004

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    Dec 08, 2009 3:32 AM GMT
    No, thank you for what you've done already, and what you still do!

    USArmyMutt saidthank you.
  • fitartistsf

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    Dec 08, 2009 3:38 AM GMT
    Geez...
    I don't really remember my time in the US Navy too fondly, and at times hate that we are in two unfriendly, seemingly useless wars, often saying disparaging remarks about it all...
    but I am sitting here weeping, crying like a baby, tears rolling down my face.... maybe I have a heart after all? -Todd
  • buzzman182004

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    Dec 08, 2009 4:15 AM GMT
    Todd, I'm sure your time served isn't exactly the best of memories to have, but thank you for your time served, for what it may be worth to you! And if you're serious about that last line (the crying) I hope it's because of something good and I know you have a heart! icon_smile.gif

    fitartistsf saidGeez...
    I don't really remember my time in the US Navy too fondly, and at times hate that we are in two unfriendly, seemingly useless wars, often saying disparaging remarks about it all...
    but I am sitting here weeping, crying like a baby, tears rolling down my face.... maybe I have a heart after all? -Todd
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    Dec 08, 2009 5:06 AM GMT
    that's a great poem. thanks for sharing that.

    and massive thank you's to RJers on here who served/are serving in the military.

    akin to the poem: I love you guys and won't forget! icon_biggrin.gif
  • fitartistsf

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    Dec 08, 2009 6:58 AM GMT
    Yeah, Buzz',
    I loved the poem, so I copied/pasted it as an MS Word file, and plan to take it to work and share it. I work on Edwards AFB in S. California, and I know many folks, civilian and military that would love this poem too.

    Do you have an author's name? Or was it anonymous? I would want to give credit where credit is due.......

    Todd
  • buzzman182004

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    Dec 09, 2009 12:55 AM GMT
    I don't know if this is the author or not, but this was what was at the bottom of the email I received this in.

    LCDR Jeff Giles, SC, USN
    Al Taqqadum, Iraq .
    30th Naval Construction Regiment
    OIC, Logistics Cell One

    fitartistsf saidYeah, Buzz',
    I loved the poem, so I copied/pasted it as an MS Word file, and plan to take it to work and share it. I work on Edwards AFB in S. California, and I know many folks, civilian and military that would love this poem too.

    Do you have an author's name? Or was it anonymous? I would want to give credit where credit is due.......

    Todd
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    Dec 07, 2010 1:23 PM GMT
    BUMPED to top for another year. Thanks, Buzz!
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    Dec 07, 2010 1:26 PM GMT
    "....December 7, 1941, a date which will live in infamy..."
    FDR asking Congress to declare war.
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    Dec 07, 2010 1:27 PM GMT
    Double bump. Well worth it.

    Thanks guys.
    xo
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    Dec 07, 2010 1:32 PM GMT
    Sorry, but this is more important that anyone "getting fired"
    BUMPED again!
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    Dec 07, 2010 1:45 PM GMT
    StudlyScrewRite said Sorry, but this is more important that anyone "getting fired"
    BUMPED again!

    If you guys have not seen this thread:

    http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/1228829/

    which the esteemed RJ member I'm quoting started, take a look. On the first page I embedded a couple of videos, "Riding with Pvt Malone" and "If You're Reading This". Threads like this are good to remind us to think of those who served and are serving not just on Veterans Day and Memorial Day, but during the holidays and all year.

  • 2PecanDeBeurr...

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    Dec 07, 2010 1:48 PM GMT
    Thanks, Buzz
    truly describes what the mission contains, the spirit, dedication
    sacrifices and honor.
    that we, the members who serve/served, faced challenges that
    sometimes only those in military can converse about.
    Freedom is not free, we are Americans, land of the free
    Happy Holidays to you, Buzz and all RealJock members
    j.c.
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    Dec 07, 2010 8:18 PM GMT
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    Dec 07, 2010 8:43 PM GMT
    The importance of brevity cannot be overstated but, overall, I like it.
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    Dec 08, 2010 4:05 AM GMT
    For those who question who the original writer of this poem is:

    "Note: I posted this video before knowing who the real author of the poem was. Michael Marks wrote the poem (not LCDR Jeff Giles)! An email of the poem I received, originated from an email sent by LCDR Jeff Giles. Thank you LCDR Jeff Giles for sharing the email with us."

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_P6yU_ymFM

    very profound youtube presentation!