The Police Siren Will Never Sound the Same Again

The Police Siren Will Never Sound the Same Again

for
Eric G. Kelly,
Stephen J. Mayhle
Paul J. Sciullo II

“You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.” (Psalm 32:7-8)

Mourning doves harmonize
with police sirens plaintive cries
the dissonance of the dirge
belies the honor of the call
that went out and they came
thousands of police from near and far
police cars extend like a line of pilgrims
and passerbys are happy to be stuck in traffic
hats over hearts, the only incidence of mass patience
in a traffic jam.but then, how could there be road rage
when there has been too much rage
when the only thing left to do is to rage against
the dying of the light,
the spark of hope in the dove song,
the stillness of the salute
peace, the blue brotherhood,
for at least one day, encompasses
the oft forgot brotherhood of man
crowds gather not in anger or protest
not indifference and no matter who you are
no matter if the sound of a police car’s siren
normally fills your heart with dread,
today, it sounds like lamentation

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One response to “The Police Siren Will Never Sound the Same Again

  1. I read this several days ago and ever since, whenever I’ve heard a siren, I’ve recognized and been haunted by the lamentation your poem suggested.

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