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
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
But the danger that I face is not enough to
make me want to quit.
Thank God these awful thoughts donít dominate
For if they did I would surely find work of
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.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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