The ‘pitch’ was full of holes. None of the players cared. About that or the biting cold, rain, or mud.

Time stopped for two white flags and one football.

Caroling, laughter, and merriment replaced the sounds of screaming, rifles, and mortars.

Orders be damned today.

It was Christmas, after all.


It could have been me Pt. 2

I bought him dinner. He was skinnier than I remember.

Empty clip and chamber. Only for show, he said.

We reminisced, and laughed. Really laughed. Hadn’t done that in ages. Neither had he. I could tell.

He thanked me, said I inspired him to change.

I felt the same way.