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Old Cop

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Fred Hobbs
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since 06-08-99
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Tallahassee, Florida, US


0 posted 06-08-99 08:44 PM       View Profile for Fred Hobbs   Email Fred Hobbs   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit Fred Hobbs's Home Page   View IP for Fred Hobbs

Itís 3:00 A.M., my thirteenth call
A place called Crazy Joeís Pool Hall
A fight, a knife, a man is down
It happens in this part of town

My backupís cominí from the jail
Was bookiní in a drunk female
And me, Iím riding all alone
When I arrive Iím on my own

Iím fairly close, about a mile
If I was smart Iíd stall awhile
But as I always do with fights
I come in quiet - cut the lights

A crowd is huddled round the door
Near all of them Iíve popped before
Ainít one of them cares much for me
Most hopiní Iíll go down, you see

I open up the door a crack
Some wanted guys run out the back
I see the young dude lying there
With blood just pouriní from his hair

I kneel beside him Ėfind heís dead
Just then a pool cue cracked my head
Fell in the blood to my alarm
The second blow breaks my left arm

The pool hall turns from red to black
I struggle to get off my back
Canít count Ďem all, my visionís blurred
Whatís happening? My thoughts are slurred

I manage to get on my knees
I try to focus Ė then I freeze
I see now that thereís only one
The problem is heís got my gun

He shoves the gun inside his belt
Then grabs the cue with which he dealt
The blows that brought me to the ground
And swings again, a swooshing sound

He misses and Iím on my feet
Iím backing up, the wall I meet
Heís pointing at me with a grin
My arm boneís stickiní through the skin

Heís reckless now - he comes too near
So big and drunk he has no fear
The years have slowed my uppercut
The first one catches in his gut

Thereís vomit drippiní from his chin
He comes for me, I swing again
This time I feel him lift a bit
My shoulderís wet with bloody spit

I kick his knee and hear it snap
He crumbles, reaches for his lap
But I reach too, this time I won
I manage to retrieve my gun

He dares me shoot and tries to stand
I say I will and call his hand
I guess he sees it in my eyes
And knows Iíll kill him if he tries

I put my back against the wall
And hear my backupís siren call
A minute and heís through the door
By then we both are on the floor

The judge he gives him eighty years
The dude looks back at me and sneers
ďIíll kill you cop, when I get out
Iíll hunt you down, you have no doubt.Ē

I tell him, ďSon, Iíll try to wait
But I donít think that itís my fate
When you get out - to be alive
Iíve been a cop since sixty-fiveĒ

sandman
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Poet deVine
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Hurricane Alley


1 posted 06-08-99 11:47 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

Wonderful epic poem! I could almost smell the stale beer...hear the R&B on the jukebox....great poem Fred! Is this from your real life?
Krystal
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since 06-19-99
Posts 145
Shelton,WA USA


2 posted 06-24-99 10:45 PM       View Profile for Krystal   Email Krystal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Krystal

Well, first off, I must say that I looked for a great poem to bring to the top of the forum, as per Poet deVine and Nan's suggestion. I found this one!!!! I love it. Because I am interested in a law enforcement career, I really found it wonderful to read. Besides that, it was so well done!! Wonderfully written, brilliant, in fact! Keep up the good work... keep posting... I would love to read more.

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Shannon D. Montgomery
("Krystal")
Nan
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since 05-20-99
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Cape Cod Massachusetts USA


3 posted 06-24-99 11:03 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

Krystal, I'm very glad you chose this poem to bring "to the top of the heap"... Fred is a truly awesome poet... Forgive me Fred, but these folks simply MUST read more of your work... Guys - Go to Fred's page on the "Passions in Poetry" site - http://netpoets.com/authors/0157000.htm - Take a few minutes to read his work - You'll be Hobblin' back for more...
Ron
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4 posted 06-25-99 06:34 AM       View Profile for Ron   Email Ron   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Ron's Home Page   View IP for Ron

Nan's right (she usually is), so let's make it a little easier...

Fred's Page

[This message has been edited by Ron (edited 06-25-99).]
Fred Hobbs
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since 06-08-99
Posts 353
Tallahassee, Florida, US


5 posted 06-25-99 10:15 PM       View Profile for Fred Hobbs   Email Fred Hobbs   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Fred Hobbs's Home Page   View IP for Fred Hobbs

Thanks to you all for the encouragement. Makes me want to write more...

fh
Krystal
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since 06-19-99
Posts 145
Shelton,WA USA


6 posted 06-26-99 06:23 PM       View Profile for Krystal   Email Krystal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Krystal

PLEASE DO!!! I love what you have written so far... you are truly talented.

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Shannon D. Montgomery
("Krystal")
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7 posted 06-26-99 11:59 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Oh, Fred, dear Fred, what can I say?
your talent blows me clean away.
Two heroes that I do enjoy
Are Fred Hobbs and his brother Roy.
Mr_Squint
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since 06-27-99
Posts 17
Bankstown, New South Wales, Au


8 posted 06-27-99 02:15 AM       View Profile for Mr_Squint   Email Mr_Squint   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Mr_Squint's Home Page   View IP for Mr_Squint

I'd like to reply if I may
That I've had an extraordinary day
'Cause Fredd's poem has came my way
There is no more that I can say
Except for a humble "Yay!"

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A mailman was mailing mailmen to other mailmen so these mailmen could mail these mailmen in a mail truck that didn't mail mail but mailed men!!!

- Mr_Squint
ac
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since 06-17-99
Posts 132
Cayey, PR - USA


9 posted 06-27-99 09:45 AM       View Profile for ac   Email ac   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for ac

This is great Fred...you managed to create a very vivid image of every detail...the scene still linger in mind... I'll be waiting for the sequel...
elvira
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since 07-06-99
Posts 985
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10 posted 07-19-99 02:58 AM       View Profile for elvira   Email elvira   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for elvira

back to the top with this great poem (and i swear, it's not solely because i adore men in uniform)

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Childhood Memories...your countenance...hoarse whispers...My One and Only...Tribute to M.J... serving wench...stolen hours...devotion...Master...apart...


Fred Hobbs
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Tallahassee, Florida, US


11 posted 07-19-99 09:12 PM       View Profile for Fred Hobbs   Email Fred Hobbs   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Fred Hobbs's Home Page   View IP for Fred Hobbs

Thanks Elvira,

You really had to dig deep to find this one. I appreciate that you did and I appreciate the comments.

sandman
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Posts 2589
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12 posted 07-25-99 08:49 PM       View Profile for Lost Dreamer   Email Lost Dreamer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lost Dreamer

Had me in suspense all the way through, wonderfully written.
Delores Hall
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since 07-16-99
Posts 358
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13 posted 07-26-99 01:01 AM       View Profile for Delores Hall   Email Delores Hall   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Delores Hall

All I can say is you are good.
blueloon
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since 07-07-99
Posts 166
NY


14 posted 07-26-99 10:15 AM       View Profile for blueloon   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for blueloon

I will agree with elvira, "I love men in uniform," and as far as this poem goes...BRAVO! I am so glad that I had the opportunity to read it. One of the greatest that I have read in awhile. thank you...
blueloon
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