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My wife and kids stood waving as I headed out for work.

What would this shift bring, on which call would danger lurk?

This thought replays in the back of my mind each time I hit the street,

So far I have returned safely to my family Ė a blessing so very sweet.


Sometimes I wonder if my kids really understand the impending danger

That if their Dad were to succumb, for their little lives it would be a real game changer.

Are their little minds protected from that ever present fear?

I must believe it is for this family that I hold so very dear.


What would happen to my children and my wife

Should one day my duty cost me my life?

I think about the possibilities more so than Iíll admit,

But the danger that I face is not enough to make me want to quit.


Thank God these awful thoughts donít dominate my mind,

For if they did I would surely find work of another kind.

I am a cop; it is in my blood and my duty I will continue to fulfill,

Knowing that my family will always love me, realizing this job never will.

©Kent Fletcher

October 2015


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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