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Lieutenant Hicks

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Tim
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0 posted 12-11-1999 04:52 PM       View Profile for Tim   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Tim


Down south of the tracks, not very far,
There sits a small tavern, a right friendly bar,
That is on most days, 'cept Saturday night,
'Cause then there might be, an occasional fight.

Was late one Saturday, things had been quiet,
When out came the call, send help there's a riot,
All cops on the beat, guns and badges a wearin',
Headed down south, a sirens a blarin'.

A train on the tracks, the one o'clock freight,
The cops were blocked off, would just have to wait,
That is except one, a young Billie Hicks,
Lone cop at a bar fight, he'd be in a fix.

The train was a long one, no help on the way,
And Officer Hicks, alone in the fray,
The second call came, it's an all out war,
While back at the crossing, the officers swore.

A friend was in trouble, so near yet so far,
As tensions kept mounting, inside each cop car,
The train finally ended, the crossing was clear,
Was Billie all right? Each officers fear.

With nightsticks at ready, they charged through the door,
The first thing they saw, three men on the floor,
And there at a table, Billie Hicks sat,
Said, "Glad you could make it," with tip of his hat.

I've heard this tale often, over the years,
More often as not, while drinking some beers,
Lieutenant Bill Hicks, at home in the sky,
Just wanted to tell ya', was one heck of a guy.

A good cop he was, but was "good people" too,
I have this feeling, that one thing is true,
That when cops go to heaven, there Bill will sit,
With a tip of his hat, saying "Glad you could make it."
© Copyright 1999 Tim - All Rights Reserved
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1 posted 12-11-1999 05:17 PM       View Profile for Marge Tindal   Email Marge Tindal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marge Tindal's Home Page   View IP for Marge Tindal

Tim -
Very well done .. sadly true too many times.
Whether the delay be a train, a traffic light or rain of night ... our officers are in peril.  

I sure thank God for the job they do and pray for everyone of them.

My brother is a retired police officer and I thank God that he lives to tell his stories.


 ~*The pen of the poet never runs out of ink, as long as we breathe.*~
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2 posted 12-11-1999 06:09 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

Having the local "Sheriff" in my family makes poems like this mean a lot to me, Tim... Thanks...
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3 posted 12-11-1999 07:33 PM       View Profile for Saxoness   Email Saxoness   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Saxoness

I say a prayer for those in my family who make a living everyday doing this, and those who no longer live to do it.

 "Glory remains unaware of my neglected dwelling where alone
I sing my tearful song which has charms only for me."

-Charles Brugnot

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4 posted 12-11-1999 07:48 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

My father was a cop, a captain, when he retired. This brought tears, Tim. It touched me deeply. Such an excellent poem.

 Denise


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5 posted 12-11-1999 08:32 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Tim,
Excellent poem, enjoyed.
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6 posted 12-11-1999 08:35 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

A story to be sure and it's wonderful! You always write so beautifully! I'm amazed.  
Martie
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7 posted 12-11-1999 08:43 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

Very well done Tim--the story, the sentimant and the poetry.

 In the dew of little things,
the heart finds its morning
and is refreshed.
(ee cummings)
Tim
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8 posted 12-12-1999 09:09 AM       View Profile for Tim   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Tim

Thank you all.  
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Very well done Tim, but I've come to expect nothing less from you  
JamesMichael
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10 posted 12-12-1999 05:52 PM       View Profile for JamesMichael   Email JamesMichael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for JamesMichael

This poem reminds me of some of the parts that Clint Eastwood played in the movies.  A strong and determined man standing against all adversity.   James
Tim
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11 posted 12-13-1999 02:03 PM       View Profile for Tim   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Tim

Thank you Hoot and James.  Actually was more of an Irish cop type of guy...  leaving here for the funeral directly.
Elizabeth Santos
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12 posted 12-13-1999 02:36 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

A story well told, an interesting read
Liz
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13 posted 12-13-1999 09:23 PM       View Profile for Echo Rhayne   Email Echo Rhayne   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Echo Rhayne

Wonderful poem!  I like it a lot!  A friend of our family who was a cop, passed away because emergency vehicals were stopped by a train and didnt make it in time!  I liek this tribute a lot!


 ~*~ Hell is not a place of fire and a devil with a tail and horns. But a place of torment because the light of God is gone. To escape this, accept the blood of Jesus Christ! ~*~


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