A Soldier’s Christmas

‘Twas 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 house did live.

I looked all about
a strange sight i did see
no tinsel, no presents,
not even a tree

no stocking by mantel
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,
t6he room such disorder,
not 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

I realized 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 enjoyed freedom
each month of the year
because of the soldiers
like the one lying here.

I couldn’t help wonder
how many lay alone,
on a cold Christmas eve
in a land far from home.

The very thought
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’ 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 shivered
from the cold nights chill

I didn’t want to leave
on that cold, dark, night
this guardian of honor
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.,

A slight departure from our normal format.  Have a Happy Holiday Season.

About leader

District Deputy Grand Master Saratoga-Warren District 1998-2000; Grand Lodge Leadership Services Committee; Leadership Development Course Coordinator; Vice Chairman Grand Master's Educational Task Force; Vice Chairman Grand Lodge Child ID Committee; District Deputy Grand High Priest 14th Capitular District; Grand Master of the 1st Veil 2010; Grand Master 2nd Veil 2011; Grand Master 3rd Veil 2012 Grand Royal Arch Captain 2013 Grand Principal Sojourner 2014 Grand Captain of the Host 2015 Warren County Historical Society Board of Trustees; Queensbury Masonic Historical Society Charter Member; State Chairman Lodges & Buildings Committee Deputy Grand Master's Advisory Committee
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