Thursday, December 23, 2010

Home through letters for Christmas

Tis the season of Christmas, and all through my dreams
Are visions of family and holiday scenes.
My duty calls me far from those I hold dear
But through letters and photos, their hearts are quite near.

My mind’s eye strains homeward to be with them now
And I can nearly see Christmas arrayed in my town.
I picture decorations of gold, green and red,
And my children all nestled and snug in their beds.
I dream of the adventure to pick out a tree
And driving through town for the lights we may see.
The cooking, the eggnog, the holiday baking
The parties, celebrations, and much merry-making!
I picture rehearsals for this year’s Christmas pageant -
The joy of the performance I can only imagine.
A reminder of God’s love come down to the earth
The hope of the world wrapped up in one birth.
My heart wants to go to the places I dream of
And I find myself wistful to mail home my love
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a box full of cards and letters of cheer!
Handmade creations, each one a work of art,
Can carry my love and transport my heart,
My thoughts I wrote down, envelopes I did lick,
And gave them all quickly to our Postman Nick.
(okay so she's Kerry, not Nick!)
More rapid than eagles his postal truck came,
And he whistled, and shouted, delivered them by name!
“Here Johnny! Here Sarah! A card for Kerry and Timmy!
Happy mail now for Mother, and one for you, Jimmy!”

Through a card, my heart’s home with my family so dear
Grateful to have them, to serve them, and defend them all year.
Hear us exclaim, ‘ere we are out of your sight,
"Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!"

Written by Sandy Allnock
©Operation Write Home 2010

5 comments:

Ellen said...

Thank you, Sandy, for this lovely poem and for all you do. Wishing everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year.

Rhonda Miller said...

Thank you for sharing this. It's so great. I wish you and all our heros a very Merry Christmas.

TK Cat Herder said...

God bless you Sandy. Thanks for this wonderful poem and sharing the pictures. They're perfect, and a great reminder of our men and women overseas and all they mean to us and their families. MERRY CHRISTMAS indeed. <3

terrie said...

What an awesom poem...thank you for sharing it with us...
The picture goes so well and a reminder of why they are so far away from love ones...
Merry Christmas to all...

Cathy said...

Merry Christmas to Sandy, Dixie and Kris! You are amazing!