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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 career climb.

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 emotion.
My wall was bare, but was soon to display my replacement’s certificate of promotion.

© Kent Fletcher
April 2012




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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