A salty policeman struggles to hold a
stranger’s hand. Spirited skateboard park
meetings force him from the comfort
of a cruiser along an uneven path through
downtown streets- wearing muddy boots
that crush his aspirations. They can
manage the stress, but where trust once
existed media stripped completely away. Recall
when police risked their lives for “strangers,” yet
you knew them and they knew you, back when the
word “neighborhood” held meaning. You’d call us
during an emergency and wouldn’t dare to ask
me to raise your kids or scare them straight for you.
Civil disputes between childish adults tear
at the very foundation of our society.
Yes, we’re wired for scary things: to
hunt active shooters, protect the innocent,
and enforce the law- no matter how antique.
But, integration hoping to crush robots lies
in another galaxy. Handle your human problems
and we’ll chase then confront evil, head-on,
so you can pretend it does not exist.
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Normally clear eyes sting then blur.
Pedestrians scamper dodging siren echoes
smashing off buildings. Radio waves disappear,
my head flutters with life’s thoughts:
the dog needs her teeth pulled, my
wife is mad at me, the kids
start school soon, my cover car
is miles away…Calm down, you’ve
got a matter of minutes to save her.
She’s trapped in a burning vehicle
and I’m queasy. I’m there, she is not.
Tiny hair stand up on the back
of my neck. Is someone in
the shadows? What the…boom! It’s
over for me. A second Boom!
It’s over for him. Two
dead bodies, no answers, no purpose.
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