Keep Them Safe...

Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Wednesday, December 16, 2009

I have decided to keep this post up until after the New Year.

May your families be safe...may you find happiness and comfort

Merry Christmas my friends

Happy Hanukkah too

Love you all and will be back next year with more
fun, music and life.

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 eyes 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 soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old,
Perhaps 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."
"It's 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 sister and brother..
Who stand at the front against any and all,
To ensure 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."

In the email I received this was credited to LCDR Jeff Giles, SC, USN

Checking this out, I found that the website International War Veterans' Poetry Archive credits it to Michael Marks. The picture on their site is the exact same one used in the email.

This does not change the heartfelt message in the poem, but credit is due to its author.

There is also a note from Mr. Marks which you can read there, which contains the following:
""A Soldier's Christmas" was the first in this series of patriotic writings, drafted on pearl Harbor Day 2000 when in the wake of the 2000 Presidential Election our nation saw the right of U.S. Armed Forces personnel openly questioned and debated."

Bless them all...wherever they are serving this Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Holiday Season

19 Of Your Sparks

  1. Lu' Says:
  2. WOW. It read so well. It read so true. It gave me pause...

  3. Lu: Then I think it did its job...

  4. AtriaBooks Says:
  5. great find, VinBo. Powerful.

  6. Jeff B Says:
  7. Sort of puts it all into perspective doesn't it? Thanks for sharing that with us.

  8. Nice find, Vinny!

  9. Mimi Lenox Says:
  10. Humility and honor.
    A beautiful post, Vinny.

  11. ...thanks for sharing...

  12. Glad I could share this with y'all

    I found it truly inspirational myself

  13. Schmoop Says:
  14. Merry Christmas to you, Nancy, and all of the family. Cheers Vin!!

  15. Oh God, Vinny, Thank you so much for posting that poem/story! I feel for everyone of those soldiers away from home at this time. thank goodness my nephew, Jim, a Marine who served 6 months in Iraq, is home and spending Christmas with his family. All the best to you this Holiday and a Happy New Year! :)

  16. Great post for the holidays.

    Merry Christmas to you and Nancy.

  17. Patti Says:
  18. This is a wonderful post. I'm also glad you shared that poem with us, Vinny.

    I agree .. bless them all.

  19. Kimmie Says:
  20. That was very powerful Vinny. A beautiful and touching read. Thank You for sharing with us.

    God Bless and Merry Christmas to you and Nancy.

  21. Kimmie Says:
  22. This comment has been removed by the author.  
  23. Ken Says:
  24. Perfect definition of a soldier!

  25. Dianne Says:
  26. I wish you and Nancy and all your loved ones the merriest of Christmases

  27. RW Says:
  28. Great post Vin!

    From Home to home, and heart to heart, from one place to another. The warmth and joy of Christmas, brings us closer to each other.

  29. ...Hey Vin! Can't you squeeze in just a little post before Christmas? We need a fix!...

  30. *sigh*

    For now, my family members are all stateside, but in the near future? Who knows? I just pray all those on guard are all safe and am humbled by their sacrifices.


Music On The Couch