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Chritmas without a Tree

Story ID:9439
Written by:Monte Leon Manka (bio, contact, other stories)
Organization:retired
Story type:Poem
Location:Corona CA USA
Year:2013
Person:Soulful Chelsea Kansas Kid
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Christmas without a Tree

There were a million people
Back in “43”
Who went through Christmas
Without a Christmas tree.

We owe a debt to those that served
In Viet Nam, Afghanistan
Other crazy places like
Iraq and Pakistan

Christmas for many
Was and is spent far across the sea
Fighting for Freedom
For you and me.

The brave men and women
Who serve the USA
Will be spending Christmas
In a foreign land this Christmas day.

Humming a Christmas Carol
Quietly, while on patrol
Thinking of the family at home
Keeping their emotions under control

When I was in Korea
WWII was won
But Christmas was just as lonely
As if it had just begun

No bombs or bullets
But take it from me
Christmas day was just as lonely
Christmas without a tree

With thoughts of home
Decorating the Tree
With paper chains and strung popcorn
She was a sight to see

Mom had got some icicles
From the five and dime
My brother and I
Spent lots of time

Getting those icicles
Just right
That old Cedar tree
Was quite a sight

With a colorful package or two
Underneath the tree
With racing hearts
We went off to bed to sleep

That’s eighty some years ago
Lives in my memory, as if today
This is what I was thinking
While in Korea, five thousand miles away.

Every one has fond memories
Of those Christmas’s I agree
Fun to travel back
To a Christmas “with” a tree.

Monte L. Manka 12-11-2013