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Christmas Eve In A Foxhole

'Twas just him and his thoughts in that cold and lonely hole,
Awaiting the sergeant's dreaded muster to begin the night's patrol.
For days the weary soldier had been on the line in bitter battle,
'Midst the deafening roar of cannon and the musket's steady rattle!

'Twas Christmas Eve and he was far from home in Afghanistan.
He was barely eighteen years old but had quickly become a man.
In the fading light he read from Luke the story of that Glorious Night,
That gave him hope and warmed his soul despite his precarious plight.

He turned the pages of his Bible to the soothing Twenty-third Psalm,
To read again that beautiful passage - that reassuring message of calm.
A bright star shone over his lonely post reminding him of Bethlehem,
And the star that topped the tree at his home in far away Birmingham.

His thoughts turned to home and better times with his Mom and Dad.
He mused upon Christmases past and the good times that they'd had;
The good food his Mom prepared and presents beneath the tree.
Alas, Christmas dinner this year would be cold coffee and an MRE.

During the lull in battle he saw from afar a winding camel train,
And shepherds herding their bleating flocks across that desolate plain.
Such a peaceful yet poignant scene, he mused, 'midst the gore of war,
Reminding him once again of that first joyous Christmas Eve of yore!

Robert L. Hinshaw, CMSgt, USAF, Retired
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  1. Date: 12/6/2010 4:58:00 AM
    Very sad situation, Sarge. My prayers go out to all these young men. Awesome write. Ralph

  1. Date: 12/1/2010 1:19:00 PM
    Bob, I tried to add the copyright symbol using the method you described in you blog, but it didn't work for me. Just FYI.

  1. Date: 12/1/2010 11:52:00 AM
    Soup mail returned, Bob. You should put the copyright info in a blog before you leave for your cruise!

  1. Date: 12/1/2010 9:44:00 AM
    It must be very sad for these soldiers to spend their holidays away from loved ones, Bob. Let's all pray that the war ends soon so they can be reunited with their families. A very moving poem, written as only one who served our country can do. Excellent, my friend! Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 12/1/2010 8:05:00 AM
    A very thoughtful and touchy write on the soldiers who are away from home you have a way to write with a natural rhyming,

  1. Date: 12/1/2010 7:05:00 AM
    Very sad thoughts for our soldiers to be away in danger at christmas....yet there is hope.

  1. Date: 12/1/2010 7:01:00 AM
    We are having our first laying snowfall this morning in Springfield,Ohio. December 1,2010 what a way to enter this month. It is absolutely beautiful and finds me in good spirits. I have enjoyed reading your poetry this morning Bob. Looking forward to reading more. Have a wonderful day. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 11/30/2010 11:39:00 PM
    Outstanding Mr Bob..I must say, you have the rhyme thing down pat. I love how your mind works.. this one should somehow be made accessible to our troops..BG

  1. Date: 11/30/2010 11:24:00 PM
    It would be so interesting to be close to Christ's birthplace on that holy night and to see the sights that must have been so similar back in those days. good telling of a different kind of Xmas Eve, Robert. LUv, Andrea

  1. Date: 11/30/2010 8:09:00 PM
    Well Bob this one is so deep and dear to my heart with my son away for this holiday..though he should be home Christmas week but still up in air .. a fabulous write my friend.. so moving and so touching at this time of year ...our troops need our prayers and support always.. did u ever see the singing soldiers group ..on TV national news? luv.

  1. Date: 11/30/2010 7:54:00 PM
    Love the bravery here, BOB! And a very lovely poem with a wonderful blessing for the young man. I truly enjoyed, and have yourself a wonderful night,..p.d.

  1. Date: 11/30/2010 6:40:00 PM
    please let me be a spokesman for those many soldiers that would love to read this and ponder on it's appreciation for their sacrifice and your spirit of comraderie. We thank you so much CMSgt Robert Hinshaw and so do I my friend. will send this off to a husband and father of 4 ..a good friend of mine who is currently serving in Afghanistan.

  1. Date: 11/30/2010 4:56:00 PM
    Great one..You always have the gift of giving a great work for us to enjoy..Sara