Thank You for Your Service!

Thank You for Your Service!

The old man walks into a market
With a slow limping gait, but steady,
To pick up a few things.
His cautiously budgeted list ready.

He wears a slim cap, forward to back,
With a lot of earned pins
From the VFW and
From the wars he’d fought in.

A young guy approaches,
A little reluctant at first and nervous,
But then with a firm voice says,
“Thank you for your service!”

The elder observes the boy
Looking him right in the eyes.
Then utters, “You‘re welcome.”
Lips quivering as if he might cry.

They part ways,
But in that one moment, earnest,
He has acknowledged him
For sustaining our country, fervent.

Remembering our troops
On this Veterans Day observance,
Let’s also stop and thank them
For their loyal service.

— Charles B. Mayes

Thank You for Your Service! © 2022 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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Veterans Day is a good time to remember the sacrifice of our Veterans in service to our country.  However, anytime is an excellent time.  We must not forget what they have done to keep us free!

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The Day Before Thanksgiving

turkey_pumpkinThe Day Before Thanksgiving

The day before Thanksgiving –
It was crazy at the stores.
The people getting one last pie
Or some dressing, even more.

To bring all those groceries home
Was a big feat indeed.
To prepare for the feast tomorrow
Many hungry mouths to feed.

The Tom turkey readied
The special silver laid out.
The stress again on Mother
Was great without a doubt.

But what happened to thankfulness?
Do we remember what to do?
To bow our heads tomorrow
Our spirits to renew.

It’s a time of fellowship
With relatives and friends.
To tell what the Lord has giv’n.
Time and time again.

It’s more than turkey
Or the big game that’s really great.
It’s thanking God for Jesus
Who, for us, opens Heaven’s gate.

— Charles B. Mayes

The Day Before Thanksgiving © 2022 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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There is something about thankfulness that can change our bad attitude completely.  Expressing our appreciation to God reflects back giving us wonderful peace.

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If you would like to use this poem reading as a performance; or on your website; in your newsletter; bulletin; speech; sermon; class; etc., you must indicate on the communication that the author is “Charles B. Mayes” and it is “Used by Permission”. If it is used on a website, please add our website address, or link to http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.WordPress.com or http://www.HisPoems.com.

Other poems are available in a chapbook titled, A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including The Missionaries) by Charles B. Mayes.  It contains 22 poems. The foreword is written by Dr. P.T. Mammen, Senior Pastor of San Bruno (CA) International Christian Center.

” . . . creative energy evidenced through every line . . .”  –  Dr. P.T. Mammen

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Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving!

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