War and History Poetry posted December 4, 2017

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Home for the Holidays

by poetsteve15

     Home for the Holidays
Thomas Kincaid?

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I remember when I was in a foxhole overseas
on Christmas day 1965, we were at fire base
so that  
Bob Hope could come visit
the rest of the troops

he never got to where we were,
to far out in boonies; 

we knew he would not,
we could not go where he was,
so like always the infantry kept everybody safe.
But it did not stop us from dreaming
of being home for the holiday.
Each man in my unit talked
about his home and what they would
doing on that day.
You see we were the grunts, Infantrymen;
our job was to keep everyone safe, we took
pride in doing just that. We did not take
a holiday or any other day off.
That Christmas-Eve, was one of my
best memories,
because we men that
night had become brothers
We made a pack us all together
we were going try
protect each other
try our damnedest, trying to make
sure we all got home,
that is what real men do,
on a
Christmas Day so far-away from home.

Steve L Siegel
December 4th. 2017

I think this is Thomas Kincaid painting. I got it off Pinterest
I am going by light in the windows the fire base I was at was
named English. it was in place named Happy Valley it was not!
it did not matter how many places we tried to make seem like we
were going into. we always got shot at coming in. but it was
pretty place just like you see on post cards.
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