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The Warrior with Two Swords

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There are men and women among the law enforcement profession
Who perform double duty to combat oppression.
Their day-to-day job is that of a crime fighter
Then on select weekends they train sometimes after pulling an all-nighter.

They take two oaths which entail to protect and defend
Both they will honor even if it calls for their lives to end.
They join law enforcement and the military of their own free will
Perhaps a strong love of country they want to fulfill.

On short notice they can transition from civilian law enforcement;
Be dispatched to a faraway land to fulfill military reinforcement.
They will stand beside our other brave military personnel
On a mission to keep us safe or evil to quell.

Thank you seems insufficient for these warriors who carry two swords,
Whether they are at home or abroad we are their wards.
Recognize these members of the military reserves and National Guard;
They are warriors with two swords, patriots to be held in the highest regard.

©Kent Fletcher
March 6, 2015

I dedicate this poem to those men and women who currently serve or have served in both a law enforcement and military component simultaneously. You are indeed patriots.



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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