"The Protector In Blue"

To the Men and Women at the
Biloxi Police Department, Biloxi, MS

 [A madman bails from the driver‘s seat of his vehicle,
opening fire on a police officer during a late night traffic stop

As the bullet clipped the hood of the car,
The officer knew he couldn’t get far.
He retreated to cover, unhurt and concealed,
But missing by inches was blazing, hot steel.
The raging intensity of this crazed armed man,
Had pumped adrenalin into the officer again.
From behind his car he could not see,
That the psychotic shooter had begun to flee.
The last few ricochets of the enemy’s rounds,
Were muffled now by a deafening sound.
With perfect focus, position, and poise,
The officer began to understand the noise.

“Tonight no harm will be done unto you,
For you are the protector, a hero in blue.
Reach into the depths of your heart and your soul,
And fulfill your destiny of a Hero’s role.
You have no fear, you’re valiant and brave,
By stopping this man a life you will save.
Now rise to your feet, he’s off on his way,
This former predator is now your prey.
So commence, you will, this dangerous pursuit
Of apprehending this vicious brute.
Through this endeavor I’ll be your guide,
You are protected, I’m at your side.”

 The voice grew silent, as he rose to his feet,
And began the chase on this darkest of streets.
As the officer ran harder, and the closer he gained,
The will and want of the malefic man drained.
He stopped and spun for one final attempt,
To fire at the officer with hellish intent.
The cop’s heart pounded, his adrenalin raced,
But he remembered the voice that said he’d stay safe.
In the midst of full sprint with his holster undone,
The officer drew and fired his gun.
Into the man’s gut, the bullet had slammed,
And luckily for this cop, the man’s gun had jammed.

It’s been some time since that fateful of nights,
And the officer has since seen numerous frights.
But reflecting back, as he frequently does,
He can’t help but wonder what truly it was,
That protected his life and gave him the strength
To prevail in his struggle at any length.
Then he paused and thought that he heard it again,
The voice from the past that to him did befriend.
“I am your angel, dispatched by God
Your guardian, protector, wherever you trod.
For your character and courage are both tried and true,
Your people still need you--their protector in blue.”


Jason Reed Gruich

Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © October 28, 2007 - All Rights Reserved

and may not be duplicated without permission

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