Like most cops I suppose, I enjoyed hanging
things on the wall.
Plaques, certificates, diplomas and
pictures, I liked them all.
These hangings all have meaning; a memory or
event to preserve.
One thing they all show in common is
something which helped me better serve.
Pictures we display are generally of loved
ones or those who made our day.
Plaques are for accomplishments or
recognitions we’ve earned along the way
Diplomas and certificates are for training
we have successfully endured.
Each one placed carefully on the wall,
straight and secured.
I was always proud of those items which hung
upon my office wall.
I enjoyed it when others looked at them,
each and all.
I enjoyed looking at them myself, as they
took me back in time,
From rookie days to present on a magnificent
There will always come the day when these
treasures must be taken down.
They will be packed away or moved to a new
wall perhaps in a new town.
For me it was retirement, a time of mixed
My wall was bare, but was soon to display my
replacement’s certificate of promotion.
© 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