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candy69sosweet 61F
10901 posts
12/26/2005 10:22 pm
For our troops


THE SANDS OF CHRISTMAS
by
Michael Marks
December 8, 2005

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."

Happy New Year!
Kisses & Hugs, Candy


~Friendship is a gift given from the heart and treasured forever~


fun4allin2006 53M
1583 posts
1/1/2006 3:12 am

Let me just say that a few years ago I also thought the only reason we are here is for the oil, but this year unlike so many before, I have looked into the eyes of children who had no future, talked to parents who say that the Americans are there saviors. They tell me that it is not for them that they take a stand but for their children. They remember the 70s and think of them as golden years-(Saddam took over here in 79). Sweet wonderful kids who want to see the Americans who have given their parents new life. I speak daily with an Iraqi LtCol who was retired from the old military on 2.00 a month-he gives me a hug and says God has sent the American people here for the future of Iraq. It is hard to walk away with a dry eye. I tell you friends, I am by no means special-Just a single soldier doing the will of those in power, but when I see these things, I can only say-Can I stay longer? Please pick me. I will go to the distant land and help a country that is crying out for help. I do not expect anyone to understand until they have come to this country and walked in the Iraqi peoples shoes. It is sad to see how this country degressed in the last 20 years. We have many problems in our country, but I believe that every person that really wants something better for their family truley can have it. Here the those people were at the very least placed in jail. It truely was as bad as they say, and I do believe that we have a tough road ahead, but damb it we need to finish this one for the children over here. I truely am sorry Candy that I have rambled on your Blog. Thank you all and especially you Candy. You are on the top of my list. OH You have Happy New Year. My Iraqi LtCol drove all the way in just to wish it to me. How many of you can say that someone would risk their life on New Years day for just a simple greeting. Blessed I am this year. Thank you all!


slidein2meplz 61F
1994 posts
12/31/2005 11:17 pm

Happy, Happy New Year...luv ya..

~~~ Just me, poppin to say HI! ~~


slidein2meplz 61F
1994 posts
12/30/2005 10:32 pm

My Country will always have my support...and the Armed Forces my undying gratitude as long as I live! Happy New Year Candy!{=}

~~~ Just me, poppin to say HI! ~~


redswallow777 48M
6810 posts
12/30/2005 1:16 pm

I support those who serve our country in Iraq and Afganistan but I still cannot believe their presence there keeps us safe. It certainly doesn't keep them safe. Thank you for the reminder, though, about what they give up for our government.

All the best in the New Year to you and yours.


fun4allin2006 53M
1583 posts
12/30/2005 12:28 am

From one of those presently over here and the for last three Christmas's and New Years-I really know the feeling. It is my duty to do all I can to keep our country safe. You and I feel the same. SwYou truly are a Patriotic American! Thanks


rm_Canadian2424 41F
2 posts
12/28/2005 12:17 am

That was a great poem. Thanks for the reminder.

Kimmy


rm_goddess1946 106F
13518 posts
12/27/2005 9:22 am

beautiful...always... {=}

Just a little food for thought.............
If you really want to be happy, nobody can stop you...
{=}


kyplowboy22 61M

12/27/2005 7:04 am

I am touched by your continous support of those in uniform. God bless ya, girl.

kpb

PS: "Hi" back at cha! lol come again soon


tillerbabe 55F

12/26/2005 11:41 pm

Hey "sista-girl" That is truely beautiful - thank you for reminding us. Annnd, thank you for the wonderful poem you left in my BLOG..it really touched me. LUVS, Tills {=}


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