In Memorial to the men and women who dedicated their lives to serving and protecting the citizens of Coshocton County. May they Rest in Peace.
The Final Inspection
The policeman stood and faced his god, which must always come to pass
He hoped his shoes were shining just as highly as his brass.
“Step forward now, policeman. How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek? To my church have you been true?”
The Policeman squared his shoulders and said, “No Lord. I guess I ain’t.
Because those who carry badges can’t always be a saint.
I’ve had to work most Sundays, and at times my walk was rough…
and sometimes I’ve been violent because the streets are awful tough.
But I never took a penny that wasn’t mine to keep…
though I worked a lot of overtime when the bills got just too steep.
And I never passed a cry for help, though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God forgive me, I’ve wept unmanly tears.
I know I don’t deserve a place among the people here.
They never wanted me around except to calm their fear.
If you have a place for me here, Lord, It needn’t be so grand.
I never expected or had to much. But if you don’t…I’ll understand.”
There was silence all around the throne where the saints had often trod,
as the policeman waited quietly for the judgement of his God.
“Step forward now, policeman. You’ve born your Burdens well. Come walk
a beat on heavens streets. You’ve done your time in hell.”