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The end of my career is quickly drawing near.
My work I love and sometimes hate; still I hold it dear.
I am a cop it is in my blood – can’t imagine it another way.
Law enforcement has been my life but forever I can’t stay.

Can’t begin to tell you all that I’ve seen – every side of life;
The good, bad, the indescribable; people in all type of strife.
I thrive on order and prefer things to be black or white,
But it never seems to be that way, its disorder outright.

In my work into the very presence of evil I often trod,
Yet in some strange sense I feel that I am working along with GOD.
For the underdog and the down trodden I have a soft spot in my heart,
And I hope the same for my successor when from the job I depart.

That tough crusty old shell which I’ve worn over the years -
It’s now wearing thin, has some holes and is harder for it to hold back tears.
I guess it did its job, containing my emotions and protecting me from hurt,
But as resistant as it was, sometimes even it failed to work.

Yes it is time for this old cop to retire and bid the job farewell.
“Would you do it again?” A question I’m often asked to dispel.
I honestly don’t know, but I think I just might
Because it has been a honor to be a “blue knight”

© Kent Fletcher
October 8, 2010



Kent Fletcher retired as Deputy Chief of the Durham NC Police Dept.  He served with that department for 301/2 years.  He is a graduate of the 162nd session of the FBI National Academy and has an AA and BS degree in Justice Administration from Guilford College.  Writing short stories and poetry has become a part-time hobby.  He can be reached at hkfletcher@nc.rr.com

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