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Thin Blue Line

It seems of late that we have become overly critical of those men and women who make up law enforcement.  But, we forget that they are the “thin blue line” who protect us every day from those who would steal, rape, and kill.  This contemporary poem is dedicated to these brave and honorable souls who make up — The Thin Blue Line.
©2015 by Jon Gutmacher
Taken in the prime of life
Men in Blue who gave their life
Families left
in empty homes
the loss forever
felt

They give their lives
to defend from crime
they stand up tall
the thin blue line
to defend us from
all those who steal
and murder
at their will

These have no purpose
but to kill
to steal or maim
as evil will
it accomplishes nothing
it never will
but ruins the lives of
men

Oh, how I pray
dear men in blue
who guard my home
my family, too
who go out late
into the night
and put your lives at
risk

I cannot keep
you safe from harm
I cannot stop
each days alarm
But pray I can
you’ll win the fight
and God will
keep you safe

So, do your duty
live your life
keep all streets safe
and free of strife
Thus stand the men
and women too
who are
the thin blue line

The background image source is from the Brenton memorial procession honoring Seattle Police Department officer Timothy Brenton as it passes across Capitol Hill. Link at:  http://farm9.static.flickr.com/8252/8472163173_90a091aae0_o.jpg
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