General Poetry posted January 3, 2018

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A true story with a sad ending.

Abrupt Ending

by Wendy Aune

He would have been an ordinary man
leading an ordinary life
a father, new husband-to-be to a promised wife
the office you'd see patrolling football games
and quiet streets in our small town
seldom would he wear a frown
when dealing with his public
He would have given traffic lectures
to young drivers
rather than a first ticket
if the situation called for it
a guy who found opportunity to teach
rather than preach to the young
His time had just begun
and quality time trumped quotas
He would have talked through
and to and angry couple
before a domestic ensued
He preferred being a peacemaker
a keeper of small town safety
He'd no doubt drive the drunk guy home
take the keys to him tomorrow
save a bunch of sorrow that could happen
He'd have been a friend to all
and stern when called to be
but see . . .
He took a shift for a worker friend
and for some unknown reason
his life came to an end
a deranged man decided
he would shoot a cop
and on this evening an ordinary life came to a stop
No warning-No reason
A season of what the hell just happened here?
The life he almost lived
would have been ordinary . . .
perhaps even extraordinary.
We won't have the chance to know.
He won't have the chance to show us.

The Life He Almost Lived writing prompt entry
Writing Prompt
Many people talk about what they wanted to do with their lives... what they should have done, the lives they almost lived. Write a poem that captures this.

An officer was shot on duty in our small town by a man on a rampage who simply set out to "shoot a cop".
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