"An Officer's Grace"

Lord, Please bless this food before me,
Shimmering in speckled grease,
To be washed down with scalding coffee;
That's powerful, to say the least.

My doctor said don't eat it,
Because it's bad for my stomach and 
but the health food places all close
before the grueling night watch starts.

He says I'll shorten my life span,
That I won't get my three score and ten,
And it's true cops average just fifty-eight
years to get all their living in.

But the job I do is important,
Standing between the savage and the weak, though I often wonder where we warriors will
go when you give the earth
to the meek.

I love healthy food same as any
With loved ones at a real table,
But usually--what with my extra jobs--
I just really am not able.

So Lord, bless this food before me;
I'm thankful for what I've got.
And if it's not too much trouble, God,
Just once, I'd like to eat it hot.


David Hunter

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