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Christmas Soldiers

There is a story I have heard
about a night in World War I
where moved to brotherhood were they
and so put down their angry guns.
The soldiers on that Christmas Eve
gave not a thought to “side” or “place”.
For just the briefest brightest bit
they looked into each’s others face
and saw the man, the brother, son,
the soul inside their enemy.
They spoke and sang and shared that night
and spent their time in revelry.
When morning dawned, battle returned.
The angry arms picked up once more.
Searching eyes of brother-man
the killing came harder than before,
the killing came harder than before-

If only that time of Christmas peace
could somehow last more than a night.
Shoulder to shoulder as brothers instead,
no more to kill; no more to fight-

the star of Christmas, which is love,
would conquer all and end all war-
would conquer all and end all war!

Elizabeth Maksymiuk

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The following comments are for "Christmas Soldiers"
by emaks

Lucie, Soldiers, and Christmas
Often actions seem "justified", though doing wrong never is right.
Many years ago I had an angel whisper a secret to me, I swear. I was in a bad place, and aware that I had the power to do evil , justifiably- but it wasn't in my heart. What I heard whispered was "Being right doesn't matter. Doing right does." Isn't that the nutshell of religious thought, after-all?
I got a call last-night from a neighborhood kid who has been in Bahgdad for the last year and a 1/2. He Called from NEW JERSEY! He's home! (He's almost like a son...) I told him how glad I was he came home whole, and that I hoped his mind and heart returned whole, as well. He said he lost a big part of heart over there, but thought his mind was still intact. (He had such glorious illusions of being a soldier) Thank God he's home. One more to return safely for me. So many lives caught in war and wars. Senseless.
I wish this little poem of mine could somehow bring truth to light.
As always, thanks for your comment Lucie!

( Posted by: emaks [Member] On: December 12, 2005 )

Wouldn't that be Something
If only The Lord will close the door of hate and open the door of love all over the world, if only... Wouldn't that be something, just for a little while. What an excellent write emaks! Thanks...


( Posted by: JEANNIE45 [Member] On: December 13, 2005 )

Jeannie , "Soldiers"
Yes, if only... we at least can keep the "god thought" going...
You are always inspiring Jeannie. Thanks for stopping by-

( Posted by: emaks [Member] On: December 13, 2005 )

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