I heard this poem a few years ago. The author called himself "Anonymous" but it is worth posting.

The Keepers Of This Town

 

They finally caught the killer and the key's been thrown away.

Erase him from the headlines and go on with your day.

I hope that you'll feel better, and I hope you'll get more sleep.

I'll be taking it from here, this killer I will keep.

I'll leave my gun outside the door and holster up my wits

as I step into a town of hate and knives and balled up fists.

I'll bust the drugs then stop the hit and keep the weak from rape.

The day'll be called a good one if we all go home after out 8.

I walk alone amongst criminals, sometimes 200 strong.

No walls to separate us, just a radio to make a call.

They see the car I drive to work.  They know my name and face.

And some of us are hunted down when we do leave this place.

I do a job most can't do, and some quit out of fear.

But I take pride as I protect the ones that you hold dear.

To get to you they'll go through me, and I will not back down.

So spare a thought or prayer for us, The Keepers Of This Town.

 


Submitted: March 18, 2014

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angellynn

Amazing. I love your use of rhyme my friend, and this flows so smoothly.

Angellynn

Tue, March 18th, 2014 1:41am

JL reaper

I liked this brief poem and thought it truly captured the feelings of the narrator. Good job!

Fri, March 21st, 2014 1:45am

Daisy Ink

Beautiful!! I love the imagery and how it vividly depicted certain images as I was reading. The overall message is powerful and is cleverly alluded to in the poem.:):)

Wed, March 26th, 2014 7:26pm

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