Even though it was written in 2007 this is still a great piece that reminds us to remember just why we can celebrate and to thank those that sacrificed their time and service to make it so. And that maybe, just maybe, they will be with us the next time. That means you, Logan!
A Soldier’s Thanksgiving
Over there a soldier’s thinking
Of a time not long ago,
When his loved ones got together;
‘Twas Thanksgiving Day, you know.
Over there a soldier’s dreaming
Of a turkey baked just right,
Mashed potatoes, golden gravy,
Chestnut dressing, pure delight!
Over there a soldier’s hungry
For whipped cream on pumpkin pie.
Squares of cornbread, crusts so tender,
Homemade biscuits stacked up high.
Over there a soldier’s wishing
He could have one buttered roll.
But he feasts on GI rations
While his unit’s on patrol.
Over there a soldier’s lying
In a ditch, his makeshift bed.
Mud and dirt are his companions;
Been awhile since he’s been fed.
Over there a soldier’s praying
That his open sores will heal.
He is sure that he’ll feel better
Once he has a good hot meal.
Over there a soldier’s hearing
Loud explosions, muffled cries.
Shrapnel killed his foxhole buddy
Right before his very eyes.
Over there a soldier’s quoting
Scriptures learned at Mother’s knee,
Proud that he’s a mighty warrior,
Keeping all his loved ones free.
This Thanksgiving as you’re eating
That sweet corn that grandpa grew,
Say a prayer for that dear soldier
Who would love to be with you.
© 2007 Mariane Holbrook
On this Thanksgiving, America remembers
the men and women of our military….May God love, bless and protect you all.
- Remember our troops at Christmas (fellowshipofminds.wordpress.com)
- US soldiers mark last Thanksgiving in Iraq (news.smh.com.au)