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I attended the funeral of a policeman just the other day.

My thoughts turned to what his life had to say.

For twenty-five years he had served and protected,

During which time much of his own life he had neglected.


His time on the job had seen its up and downs;

However overall his career had been solid and sound.

He had seen things over the years which no one needs to see;

Those visions in his memory only now are set free.


Why would a person subject themselves to such a demanding job?

Do they not realize how much from their life it may rob?

It is not for the pay for it will never compensate for the sacrifice,

But the calling is strong and must be answered albeit the ultimate price.


Nice words were said by the minister about this life which had come to an end.

Sadness brought tears flowing from the eyes of family and friend.

This life had made a difference in countless and often times thankless ways.

I trust that rewards await this soul while with God in the coming endless days.

©Kent Fletcher
February 2016

Blessed are the peacemakers “for they shall be called the children of GOD” Matthew 5:9 KJV



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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