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
For a cop a suspicious eye is a necessary
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
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
Is my Maker- to do so would be injudicious.
Anyone else is fair game and a target in the
For my suspicious eye has been given the
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
So my suspicious eye I guess Iíll keep to
Because it is such a part of me, a part Iím
unable to suspend.
© Kent Fletcher
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