So Far Away! Christmas Military Tribute

So Far Away! Christmas Military Tribute

A Poem by Sheila Kline

The Holiday Season is a difficult time for those who have loved ones away from home and fighting in a war. Let us remember them!


So Far Away!....Thoughts of A Military Spouse....


It was Christmas and she'd celebrate it alone this year.

Accepted were reasons but she remained without cheer.

Her military spouse was far away while fighting a war.

This holiday would surely be different than one's before!


She viewed packages under the tree wrapped with care.

Cheerful paper, pretty bows didn't take away despair.

She admired cherished ornaments from season's past.

Multitudes of yuletide memories made to forever last!


Her Darling's photo graced the mantle decked in pine.

Memory was all she held of him to embrace this time.

She picked it up and held it close to her crying heart,

Promising then for devotion and love to never depart!


She accepted it was his duty to answer America's call,

With others fighting with him who had pledged their all.

She felt a kinship with loved ones they had left behind,

Many families in homes with a troop's safety in mind!


In stark lonleliness of a Christmas Eve, she reached up,

Asking other soldier families to share friendship's cup.

She counted them as part of her family in a loving way,

And asked for each a blessing as she started to pray:


Dear Holy Father on this most celebrated of days,

Please watch over every soldier so very far away.

Cover and protect them with celestial angel wings,

As they wage battle so of freedoms we may sing!



She then stood up and unplugged the Christmas lights,

Stopping for a brief time to enjoy the wondrous sight.

As she thanked God for protecting fighters so brave,

The flag topping her tree with pride, valiantly waved!


May we keep dear in our hearts, the families of those who have loved ones so far away!


Sheila Bowyer Kline

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© 2013 Sheila Kline

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This is one of the things, reasons I have come to admire and respect you, my dear friend. You never fail to bring to mind, a friendly reminder of the importance of thinking of others. That we need to remember to be thankful for whatever we may have. For in a flash life could change as we know it with the loss of those we love so dearly. This one particularly reminds us to be thankful, appreciative, and sympathetic for and of those who have loved ones so far away. Placing themselves in the line of potentially terminal harms way...for our freedom and safety. You also set the stage as an example of stepping aside of yourself to take the time to even consider others. As I am sure you are well aware of, the days when that was a complacent action are long gone. We are now in a world of "I", not "We". Sad... I know that I appreciate when I see anyone thinking other than of themselves. We are here for each other. To help those of need when and where we can. It is our duty to do so. Our duty as fellow human beings.
A very heartfelt piece of Appropriately themed poetic art. Remarkably Magnificent!

Posted 14 Years Ago

2 of 2 people found this review constructive.


I too Sheila join with you and so many others, to pray all military service men and women have a peaceful Christmas and for those in foreign climes may they be reunited with their loved ones in the very near future!

God bless them all & their kindred folk !

Posted 10 Years Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Sheila Kline

10 Years Ago

Yes, God bless them! May they never be forgotten - especially during these times of holiday!!
You are truly heart and soul in all you do...kudos to you Shelia.

Posted 11 Years Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Blessing upon your heart for this wondrous thought. And blessing upon all who you have spoken about... wherever they are.

Posted 11 Years Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Sheila Kline

11 Years Ago

Yes, yes, yes!!! Everyone of them is special!!
Thank you for your words Michael!!!
As I know too well, military people on deployment have to do without so many things, and being on the other side of the world without family and loved ones is mighty hard to take. Thank you for this lovely poem that directs attention to the subject.

Posted 12 Years Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

A beautifully sad tribute my friend..You did an excellent job on this.

Posted 14 Years Ago

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So sad..There was a special on the news today where they were having a big party and fun for the families of those whose loved one will not be coming home ever again..Having had two brothers in war..I know the pain of waiting for them to safely come home..Remember these men in all of your prayers each night please..The women too who serve and God bless for this wonderful write..Kathie

Posted 14 Years Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Brilliant and heartfelt. This is so very sad when you put yourself into the role of either character in the situation of our war. Kind of reminds me of the song "If you're reading this" by Tim Mcgraw. Well written and well thought out, like most everything you write cuz. Your heart is the size of an ocean....Thank you dearly for sharing this.


Posted 14 Years Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Amen. I really like this. A fine tribute to the troops and to their families!

Posted 14 Years Ago

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Ms Sheila this brought me to tears and i am not ashamed to say so!!! Touching, wonderful and oh so moving. The greatewst tribute one could bring forth. This, my friend, is why I think you are tops at your class..
You bring forth emotions many can feel, see, taste, and through you, we all get that chance to do so..

Great piece!

Mags xx

Posted 14 Years Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

nice job on this piece..very deep piece and very heartfelt too... i liked this alot.... reads like a story to me..nice job!!!

Posted 14 Years Ago

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Added on December 6, 2009
Last Updated on December 2, 2013
Tags: Military, Love, Remembrance, Distance, Christmas, Family, Fellowship


Sheila Kline
Sheila Kline


I am a Poetess of Multiplicity who also enjoys genealogy research, current events, folk ballads and Irish/Celtic music, and I am a grand lover of dogs! I strive to live by the philosophy o.. more..


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