Help Shelburne Veteran Bill Bennett Shares Special Christmas Poem Remembering Who We Have To Thanks For Our Freedom To Celebrate Life’s Gifts

Shelburne Veteran Bill Bennett discovered a poem that is so profoundly important to him, he would like to for everyone to share it as much as possible over the Christmas Season and help to remember our Veterans, the reason we as society are able to celebrate life’s gifts and traditions in the freedom we enjoy today.

T’was the night before Christmas, He lived all alone,

In a one bedroom House made of plaster and stone

I had come down the chimney with presents to give,

And to see just who in this home did live.

I looked all about,

A strange sight I did see,

No tinsel, no presents, not even a tree.

No stocking by mantle, just boots filled with sand,

On the wall hung pictures of far distant lands.

 

With medals and badges

Awards of all kinds,

A sober thought came through my mind.

For this house was different,

It was dark and dreary,

I found the home of a soldier

Once I could see clearly

The soldier lay sleeping, silent , alone,

Curled up on the floor in this one bedroom home.

 

The face was so gentle,

The room in such disorder,

Not how I pictured a Canadian Soldier

 

Was this the hero of whom I’d just read?

Curled up on a poncho, the floor for a bed?

I realized the families that I saw this night owed their lives to these soldiers who were willing to fight.

Soon round the world, the children would play

And grown- ups would celebrate a bright Christmas day.

 

They all enjoyed freedom each month of the year,

Because of the soldiers

Like the one lying here.

I couldn’t help wonder how many lay alone,

On a cold Christmas Eve in a land far from home.

 

The very thought brought a tear to my eye,

I dropped to my knees and started to cry.

The soldier awakened and I heard a rough voice, “Santa don’t cry. This life is my choice:

I fight for freedom, I don’t ask for more,

My life is my god, my country, my Corps.”

The soldier rolled over and drifted to sleep,

I couldn’t control it, I continued to weep.

I kept watch for hours so silent and still

And we both shivered from the cold night’s chill.

I didn’t want to leave on that cold dark night,

This guardian of honor, so willing to fight.

The soldier rolled over with a voice soft and pure, whispered,

“Carry on Santa. It’s Christmas Day, All is secure.”

One look at my watch and I knew he was right,

“Merry Christmas my friend, and to all a good night!”

 

“This poem was written by a peace Keeping Soldier stationed overseas. The following is his request. I think it is reasonable. Please, would you do me the kind favour of sending this to as many people as you can? Christmas will be coming soon and some credit is due to our Canadian service men and women for our being able to celebrate these festivities. Let’s try in this small way to pay a tiny bit of what we owe. Make people stop and think of our heroes, living and dead, who sacrificed themselves for us. Please do your small part to plant this small seed?” ~ Bill Bennett.