Trucker's Christmas

By Tammy Wiggin

Twas the night before Christmas. He drove all alone.
In a freightliner condo made of steel and cargo.
I had come down highway With foot to the floor,
And to see just who, was behind that door.

I looked all about, A strange sight I did see.
No kids, No wife, Not even a family.

No wreath on grill, Just a man with a smile,
I read on the truck, we go the extra mile.

With lights of color, Wheels spinning round,
I thought to myself, He must be city bound.

For this truck was different, It was dark and dreary,
I found the home of a trucker, Once I could see clearly.

The driver sat driving, Silent, Alone,
Sitting up on the seat In this one bedroom dome.

The face was so gentle, The truck looked a new,
Not how I pictured A professional driver, who knew.

Was this the hero of whom i’d just read?
Who saved a small child, From being dead?

I realized the families That I saw that night.
Owed their lives to these truckers Who drive by night.

Soon round the country, The children would play,
And grownups would celebrate A bright Christmas day.

They all enjoy gifts Each month of the year,
Because of the truckers, Like the one I see here.

I couldn’t help wonder How many drive alone,
On a cold Christmas eve In a land far from home.

The very thought Brought a tear to my eye,
I got out my tissue And started to cry.

The trucker yelled And I heard a rough voice,
“Hey, Don’t cry, This life is my choice;

I drive for the people, I don’t ask for much,
My life is my God, My country, My truck.”

The trucker rolled on to finish his job,
I couldn’t control it, I continued to sob.

I kept thinking for hours, So silent and still
And thought can he finish Does he have enough will.

I didn’t want to continue On that cold, dark, night,
This guardian of honor So willing to drive.

Then the trucker slowed down, With a voice soft and pure,
Whispered, “Carry on Mr, It’s Christmas Day, All is ok.”

One look at my watch, And I knew he was right.
“Merry Christmas my friend, And to all a Good Night.

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