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Through Suspicious Eyes I See the World

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I see the world through suspicious eyes,
A developed trait I sometimes despise.
This trait I developed throughout my career,
Where for thirty years I was a law and order overseer.

For a cop a suspicious eye is a necessary tool
For there are those among us who will violate the honesty rule.
They will cheat, steal, kill and lie;
Then deny any involvement while looking you in the eye.

So itís a lawmanís curse and necessity to develop a suspicious eye
Because without it, doing the job you could easily die.
There will come a time in your life when you leave the job behind
Yet youíll find that the suspicion remains part of your mind.

It is said that ďtime heals allĒ and for many things that is the case,
Yet for this retired cop of ten years out Iím finding it hard to erase.
Iím a little better now at giving more folks benefit of doubt,
But at the slightest hint or suspect my suspicion comes out.

The only one of whom I refuse to be suspicious,
Is my Maker- to do so would be injudicious.
Anyone else is fair game and a target in the sight,
For my suspicious eye has been given the green light.

How nice it would be to take life as it comes and be without suspicion,
But for a cop thatís not real and is a false ambition.
So my suspicious eye I guess Iíll keep to the end,
Because it is such a part of me, a part Iím unable to suspend.

© Kent Fletcher
September 2011



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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