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A Soldier's Christmas Wish


This year, at the holidays of course, I miss home, surrounded by sand dunes, and Iraqi mosque-domes. But I willingly came to guard against fear— not let terrorist conquer everything I hold dear. I know my mom worries about me over here away from family, and good Christmas cheer. And while I do miss the fun and the fare, I know I am fighting for reasons most share— For Freedom, for Justice, for our forefather’s plan, for choices—God-given, to every man. And for all you protester in the streets of your city, looking upon me with hatred and pity, I’m fighting for you to have that skewed right to act like a fool— burn our flag in plain sight, For our children to prosper without boot in their back, and patriots guiding them, to stay on the right track! It’s not just our training, but a true state of mind— to be honest and faithful, and love all mankind. I’d gladly lay down all I can give— my life and my soul so that others may live. And to let every man pray to the God he sees fit, tho, I may not agree, he’s entitled to it. My sons and my daughters may not know it yet, but I fight for their future, and have no regret. So celebrate Christmas in your own merry way, and please send a prayer we’ll come home one day— When this war is over, we’ve finally won, we’ve conquered the terrorists— sent ‘em all on the run. Americas worth it— all this sacrifice, and, Mom, don’t you worry ‘cause I wouldn’t think twice. I’d do it again— even die in the sand for Freedom and Liberty, for we MUST take a stand. “Merry Christmas—Blessed New Year,” to all, I now say, and, “Thank you, dear Jesus— have a Happy Birthday!” Tamara Hillman ©2010

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  1. Date: 8/2/2011 6:21:00 PM
    Congratulations on your poetry making it through round one in the PoetrySoup International Poetry contest Tamara. I wish you the best in the final round. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 7/13/2011 2:44:00 PM
    Very well written and congratulations on being featured. A worthy poem and thought.

  1. Date: 7/10/2011 12:26:00 PM
    Congratulations on your poem being featured this week Tamara. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 1/8/2011 8:15:00 PM
    This is a very nice poem...Jimmy

  1. Date: 1/8/2011 1:41:00 PM
    A lovely piece! May I quote a little of old Shakespeare (Henry V)- whilst talking of soldiers- Soldier Bates - "Aye, or more than we should seek after; for we know enough if we know we are the king’s subjects. If his cause be wrong, our obedience to the king wipes the crime of it out of us"

  1. Date: 1/8/2011 9:31:00 AM
    The way our soldiers make daily sacrifices to ensure our freedom means so much to us, Tamara. And as you say, they even fight to protect the rights of protestors who have the freedom to burn our flag. A captivating write and so beautifully written. Love, Carolyn