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A Christ-less Christmas Eve

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John Yaws
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0 posted 12-24-1999 03:59 PM       View Profile for John Yaws   Email John Yaws   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit John Yaws's Home Page   View IP for John Yaws

Somewhere in a foxhole-
Within a frozen land.
There knelt a freezing soldier
His rifle close to hand.
K-rations in a corner-
Grenades, spare ammo, too
Another human-wave attack-
He figured they’d be through.
By gosh! I think it’s Christmas-
Up here on the Chosin-
Billy would have known for sure
If he hadn’t frozen.
I guess the folks are nice and warm
At home in Tennessee-
Drinkin’ strong, hot eggnog
And gathered round the tree.
It seems a hundred years ago-
It’s barely been a year...
Since I sat in their circle,
And drank my Christmas cheer.
I guess Grandma will go to church
To try and save my soul...
Whiskey’s better far than prayers
When you’re out here in the cold.
What’s that? I hear a bugle!
Oh, here they come again!...
Full alert! They’re comin’!
Let’s prove we’re fightin’ men!
A few short hours later-
I saw that same foxhole-
A crumpled figure lay within-
Half buried by the snow...
A letter clutched within his hand,
Received on Christmas Eve-
The address showed that it had come
From Dyersburg, Tennessee.
A bullet stopped his youthful heart-
Some present to receive
And what a tragic way to end-
A Christ-less Christmas Eve.


[This message has been edited by Gunslinger (edited 12-24-1999).]
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1 posted 12-24-1999 04:34 PM       View Profile for startin_fresh   Email startin_fresh   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for startin_fresh

Such a powerful message and also a reminder that there are so many that are away defending their country.
Marilyn
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since 09-26-1999
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2 posted 12-24-1999 09:35 PM       View Profile for Marilyn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Marilyn

I have goose pimples from reading this. Great Work GS and unfortunately very true.
Marge Tindal
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3 posted 12-24-1999 09:55 PM       View Profile for Marge Tindal   Email Marge Tindal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marge Tindal's Home Page   View IP for Marge Tindal

Wow !  Slinger, this is one powerful, heart-breaking piece of work.
I can feel the cold and the lonliness.
Sure makes me thankful for all those who serve in our Armed Forces.
Thank you ... Love ~Marge~


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4 posted 12-25-1999 01:02 AM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

Very profound words here GS!  Something to make us all stop and think!

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Jesus is the reason for the season
Keep Christ in CHRISTmas

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5 posted 12-25-1999 06:52 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth   Email Elizabeth   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Elizabeth's Home Page   View IP for Elizabeth

If ever there were a Christless Christmas Eve, this would be it.   Truly a heartbreaking reminder of the world today.

Elizabeth

 Nail to the mast her holy flag,
Set every threadbare sail-
And give her to the god of storms,
The lightning and the gale!
-Oliver Wendell Holmes


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6 posted 12-25-1999 08:44 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Sad beyond words. Very powerful.

 Denise


 
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