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THE BROWN, THE GRAY,

AND THE BLUE

WHEN THIS POEM WAS WRITTEN, A POLICE OFFICER HAD JUST BEEN KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY. I REMEMBER THE SORROW OF ALL WHO ATTENDED THE FALLEN WARRIOR'S FUNERAL . I WROTE THIS TO HONOR NOT ONLY THIS OFFICER, BUT ALL OFFICERS WHO HAD FALLEN BEFORE... AND ALL WHO WILL FALL AFTER...

GOD BLESS THE FAMILIES AND MAY THEY KNOW... WE WILL NEVER FORGET...


THE BROWN, THE GRAY, AND THE BLUE


A PART OF AMERICA HAS DIED JUST A SHORT WHILE AGO...

AND A PART OF ME WITH IT,

I THOUGHT YOU'D LIKE TO KNOW.

 

IT'S A TRAGIC STORY OF THOSE WHO CARE,

AND EVEN TO THOSE WHO DO NOT....

A WARRIOR DIED, AND A BROTHER IS GONE,

IT SEEMS IT WAS ALL FOR NAUGHT.

 

WHAT SENSELESS DEED COULD BRING AN END

TO ONE WHO LOVED TO LIVE...

A CHOSEN PATH, HE BOLDLY WALKED,

HIS LIFE HE DID FREELY GIVE.

 

IT TAKES A STRENGTH, A STRONG BELIEF

TO DON BROWN, GRAY, OR BLUE...

SO THE DAYS AND NIGHTS ARE SAFE, SECURE...

HE DID IT ALL FOR YOU.

 

WHEN HE ANSWERS THE CALL TO RENDER AID,

HE FIGHTS HIS OWN FEARS EACH TIME,

HIS FAMILY IS CONCERNED, AS WELL THEY SHOULD

HIS LIFE IS ON THE LINE.

 

THE WORLD IS SINKING TO AN ALL TIME LOW,

AND IT REALLY IS ASHAMED...

BUT THE WORLD WILL GO ON, EVEN THOUGH HE IS GONE

ONLY A FEW WILL REMEMBER HIS NAME.

 

THE STORY IS THE SAME ACROSS THE LAND,

AND ITS LIVED BY THOSE WHO CARE,

TO TAKE UP THE CROSS OF PROTECTING THE LOSS

HE'S THE ONE WHO WILL ALWAYS BE THERE.

 

MY SON ASKED ME "DAD' WHY ARE YOU SO SAD?"

AND I STRUGGLE WITH TEARS IN MY EYES...

AMERICA SINKS TO ANOTHER LOW PLACE...

EVERY TIME AN OFFICER DIES.

 

SO NOW WITH FRESH GRAVES WHERE THESE SOLDIERS DO SLEEP,

MAY WE RENEW OUR PLEDGE TO FIGHT ON...

AND IN SO DOING WE HONOR THE ONES..

WHO ARE NEVER QUITE TOTALLY GONE.

 

THEIR LIVES ARE AN INSPIRATION,

AND THEIR LAUGHTER WILL LINGER

THEIR COURAGE WILL CHALLENGE US ALL,

EVERY TIME WE DO... WHAT WE HAVE TO DO,

WITH OUR BACKS AGAINST THE WALL.

 

AND IF THE TIME COMES THAT WE PAY THE GREAT PRICE,

SO THAT OTHERS MAY PEACEFULLY SLEEP...

WITH OUR DIEING BREATH,

AND OUR LAST CONSCIOUS THOUGHT...

OUR COURAGE AND FAITH WE WILL KEEP.

 

WHERE WOULD WE BE IF IT WASN'T FOR LAW,

AND THOSE WHO UPHOLD HER EACH DAY...

THERE WOULD BE NOTHING LEFT, NO NOTHING TO DO,

BUT BOW YOUR HEADS AND PRAY.

 

THE NEXT TIME YOU'RE STOPPED

BY THE BROWN, GRAY OR BLUE...

JUST REMEMBER WHY, IF HE MUST SURELY DIE,

HE DOES IT ALL FOR YOU.

 

CHIEF MIKE VILLANOVA

02-17-86

 

 

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