'Twas the Night Before Christmas (my version)

by John Spencer
(Coleman Barracks, Mannheim Germany)

(My version...)

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the world,
Stood the guardians of Freedom, some young and some old.

Their rifles were spotless and zeroed with care,
Looking for the danger they know will be there.

They fear for their children at home in their beds,
Yearning for the touch of a kiss on their heads.

And there I was, prepared for the fight,
Wondering when the evil of war would ignite.

When out of the dust there arose such a clatter,
I swiveled around to see what was the matter.

Outside the window I saw a huge flash,
The air tasted rancid, of fuel and of trash.

The sound of my comrades cries in the air,
Sent chills down my spine, to cold to bare.

When, what to my angered eyes should appear,
But a valiant young Soldier, showing no fear!

With bullets whizzing over his head,
I knew in a moment the bad guys were dead.

Out of the smoke, more Soldiers they came,
Young warriors who knew that this was no game.

We deftly maneuvered, aiming to kill,
Secretly saddened by the blood that we spill.

After the battle, on edge and so tired,
We relive the moments each bullet was fired.

Back at the FOB, I lay down and stare,
Thinking of all of the reasons I’m there.

Wiping my face with my own bloodied glove,
I think of my family and all of their love.

I think of their faces with a tear in my eye,
Glad that today was not my turn to die.

I think of America, and all of her beauty,
Honored to serve her, it's not just my duty.

As I lay in my bed thinking of Christmas,
I smile from the thought of the joy that it brings us.

I know you can't hear me, but I'm just out of sight,

"Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good-night."

SSG John Spencer
26 November, 2010

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May 09, 2012
by: bethany

my teacher told us that we had to write a paper about a poem. i am very interested in war and soldiers, i want to join the marines, but i'm not sure if i'm right for it. i thank you and all the other soldiers for fighting for our country, for saving many people and for protecting us all. i know that i am very thankful, which is why i chose to write my poem on this paper. i hope to some day be as dedicated and as patriotic as you are. i love how this poem flows and it has so much depth to it. thank you for writing such an amazing piece, i hope soon to hear more. :)

Dec 25, 2010
Thank You for your Words
by: Chief Editor-My WordWizard

Dear John,

Did you receive our email? We sent it to the address you left with your submission.

We just wanted to let you know that as of now your poem has been viewed more than 1000 times. So your feelings have been conveyed to a fairly sizable audience.

Chief Editor
My Word Wizard

Dec 24, 2010
From the author
by: Anonymous

Wow! Thank you for your comments.

I am SSG Spencer, (John). When I wrote this poem I had absolutely no idea anyone would actually read it. It seems there are so many "patriotic poems" out there. However, my mother convinced me to send it to a newspaper or something. Anyway, it came from my heart. It's actually based on portions of my experiences during my last deployment to Iraq. Sadly, I had to church it up a little so no one got depressed after reading about the deaths of some of my closest friends
Luckily I am home safe now. But my heart goes out to all the brave men, women and families that are fighting for us all. Please keep them in your prayers.


John Spencer
Mannheim, Germany (Currently)

Dec 17, 2010
by: Joy

BEAUTIFUL!!! Words can't express the gratitude to you, each and every day, for the free life that I live. Thank you for your service and for your eloquent poem that captures the true meaning of giving. Peace and prayers to you, and to your family. Bless you.

Nov 29, 2010
Here on Christmas
by: Anonymous

Here on Christmas morn, we give you thanks for the selfless gift you gave us here at home, your gift of love is more than we deserve, the price is to high when lives are lost. A thank you for your service is not enough. It's all we have like the drummer boy. May I play for you a sweet little tune?

The tune I sing is, May there be peace on earth & let it begin with me, I wish you a safe tour of duty, May you return home soon. As your family & friends are wishing you home this Christmas..God speed..Love a grateful soul at home

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