Dear Police Officer

I am sorry
you are just
a badge number
in city hall’s
machine.

If only
your blue uniform
hearkened back
to the Civil War
when that color
meant freedom
from the oppression
of slavery.

Please keep
in mind
your body cam
is to capture
the truth
of an encounter
not you
drawing your
hand gun
as a first option
when other
tactics
remain unexplored.

copyright © 2021 Kenneth P. Gurney

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