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Merry Christmas to all but espesially to our troops

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Offline GM Bobby Rimando

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Merry Christmas to all but espesially to our troops
« on: December 16, 2010, 06:56:52 PM »
God Bless our Service Men and Women!

A different kind of Christmas poem.

 

    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."

-Author Unknown

 
« Last Edit: December 16, 2010, 07:22:29 PM by Sigung Bobby Rimando »
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Offline GM Bobby Rimando

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Re: Merry Christmas to all but espesially to our troops
« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2010, 07:21:52 PM »
A song written by one of my students and sung at our Christmas party.
This song sung to the tune of Winter Wonderland Kajukenbo style


Please reply with any of your Chirstmas songs, stories, memories, poems, etc...
Mahalo and Merry Christmas Sigung Bobby

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Re: Merry Christmas to all but espesially to our troops
« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2010, 08:54:04 PM »
That soldier's poem is always great!

Thanks!
Erik P., 2nd degree Black Belt Kajukenbo under Sifu Jim Fassler Chrisitan Kajukenbo Ministry, White Belt American Kenpo, 1st Black Belt Tae Kwon Do OhDoKan
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Re: Merry Christmas to all but espesially to our troops
« Reply #3 on: December 17, 2010, 01:00:57 AM »
The Soldier's Poem is Great, Thank You for sharing!
God Bless our service personnel Past, Present and Future!
Long may the flag they have fought and died for, wave over this Land of the Free!
May we here at home remember to fight for our, and their rights to keep it that way.

Merry Christmas!
Happy New Year!

With much respect
Dwayne Hansen
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Master Instructor - Senior Professor David Amiccuci
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Re: Merry Christmas to all but espesially to our troops
« Reply #4 on: December 23, 2010, 03:08:55 AM »
I would like to wish a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all the Grand Masters and everyone in Kajukenbo. Thank you for keeping this great art going and growing.
Student Black Belt Andrew Romine
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Sigung Bobby Rimando, Rimando Martial Arts Las Vegas, NV
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Re: Merry Christmas to all but espesially to our troops
« Reply #5 on: December 23, 2010, 05:03:04 AM »
Only one word to say.... Beautiful.... God bless our men and women in uniform and THANK YOU for your service and protection!!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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Re: Merry Christmas to all but espesially to our troops
« Reply #6 on: December 24, 2010, 04:37:28 PM »
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our troops in harms way.  You protect not just our freedom but the symbol that identifies who we are...God Bless you all!
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