To the US Armed Forces: Thanks (a poem)

Because you are watching out for me, I am safe and warm today.

I embrace the joy of this special time because you are far away.

I sing the carols of Christmas in a church just over the way.

I marvel at the twinkling lights that  shine each bustling day.

Family and friends surround me with season's greetings and good cheer.

I am receiving and sending gifts.  I am blessed with loved ones near.

I am safe because  you are guarding me, and although you are far away,

You are close to my heart, each one of you, today and every day.

Mimi Evans Winship