Badge #10934

 

It may sound stupid. 

Cold, even. 

 

But somehow I thought the next one

wouldn’t hurt so much. 

That somehow I’d be built into

this strong enough,

resilient enough ‘being’,

as a result

from the last several blows

called loss

—we’re suppose to get use to it, right? 

 

I figured I’d be able to endure

the ones to come;

with a stout stature,

a stoic face—

 

—as if the next one stripped away

wouldnt be so much

a punch

to the stomach, a stab

to the back.

 

I imagined I’d have enough air

in my lungs

from the space between, not to be

breathless,

come next time around. 

Yeah, I’d be ready. 

 

 

I was a fool to think so.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Police Officer Rogelio Santander #10934

End of Watch:

April 25, 2018  

 


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