View Full Version : The Christmas Sentry

Robert Carnot
12-12-03, 09:06 AM
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 eye 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 Marine, I puzzled, some twenty years old,
> Simply 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"
> "Its 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 sisters and brothers,
> Who stand at the front against any and all,
> To insure 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."

Doc Crow
12-15-03, 12:01 AM
I can say nothing more then Semper Fi

12-15-03, 12:27 AM
Outstanding Major, It says what all Marines, past, present and future will be doing. Thank you. Merry Christmas to you and yours.