Poetry By Chuck




Sometimes the sun just catches it right.
Sometimes it's the glare of a neon light.
Sometimes it's the gun flash in the night.
Sometimes it's the squad car flashing bright.

The Badge

Worn by blood that smears and stains the street.
Worn with courage despite tears as they patrol the beat.
Worn with hearts hardened to such horrible sights.
Worn with compassion to the innocent's wrongful plight.

The Badge

Controlling their emotions despite the fight.
Controlling their aim to keep from taking life.
Controlling with ease to threatened strife.
Controlling with forceful speed day and night.

The Badge

Stopping to help and to apply the bandage.
Stopping with advice to help us manage.
Stopping the bad guy each and every day.
Stopping the drunk driver ..taking him away.

The Badge

Showing THE BADGE to keep crime away.
Showing THE BADGE is an honorable way.
Showing the terrorist another bad day.
Showing our flags prideful wave.

The  Badge
Code of Honor

The CHP has a code of honor. It states:

I, a member of the California Highway Patrol,

subscribe in word and deed to the following:


"To serve the United States of America and the State of California honestly,

and conscientiously; and fulfill my oath as a soldier of the law;


To uphold and maintain the honor and integrity of the California Highway Patrol;

Be loyal to my fellow officers; respect and obey my seniors in rank;

and enforce the law without fear, favor, or discrimination;


Assist those in peril or distress, and, if necessary,

lay down my life rather than swerve from the path of duty;

My personal conduct shall at all times be above reproach

and I will never knowingly commit any act that will in any way

bring discredit upon the California Highway Patrol or any member thereof;

To all of this I do solemnly pledge my sacred honor as an

Officer of the California Highway Patrol."


Author notes

When you owe a group of people who place their lives in harms way for you;  When you reward such a small group of community minded souls;  you must recognize them at every opportunity.  This is a very small attempt to do them justice.

Some time ago, I was asked to give another class to a group of Police Officers.  While teaching them, I found, once again, that they were the best students I've ever taught.  More then Firemen, terrific people, more then 1st Responders, the Officers came and went in the daily classes as emergency calls needed responding to.  I sometimes hear people put them down.  I hear them say they are too authoritive, too demanding, too unfeeling and basically too inhuman.  

I was honored to wear the badge for 4 years as a part time job.  In that time I came to understand why that impression may be in some peoples minds.  I would like to remind everyone just what a day in the life of The Badge is like....

It starts with a briefing on the crimes of the day before.  
It then carries on with a tender admonishment to be safe.  
Then its the neverending paperwork to prepare, equipment to gather, and the badge to wear.  
When they sit in their cars, on their horses, on their bikes, or stand outside the confining bars... the day begins again.  
Much like the day before, they patrol, guard, investigate and ticket those who violate.  
Unlike our jobs, they face the worst in us.  
The angry, bitter, bickering, debating, denials of our dark face.  
Yet, through all the attacks, physical or otherwise, they pridefully stand and apply... the law.

They didnt make the law.
They didnt create the need for it.  
They dont administer the law.
They dont judge the law...

...they enforce it.

We make our laws.  
We create them.  
We are the responsible ones when we break them.  

So their day is faced with endless bitterness of our fates.  
Its filled with emergencies and confining hates.  
Its a day in which their widows face..life with kids an endless fate.  
Its a day that is like each day they pridefully wear...

...that shining star ... The Badge.

Written August 7th, 2004


  • Night Hope gold member
    August 16, 2004 
     BRAVO, SIR 

    Edited on Aug 17 because ''.

  • Jeric
    August 11, 2004
    But really, this DOES sound like patriotic bull-shit. (your author comment)

  • Jeric
    August 11, 2004
    There are different kinds of people in life. The badge is only as bad as the police officer. You can't say that all cops are good, or all of them bad. It's like saying that something is perfect, and nothing is. Good write, and don't let the overly critical comments go to your head.

  • cutiepie gold member
    August 11, 2004


    I am inclined to think, our boys in blue, started out with great intentions,
    but like anything we do in life,
    it can become monotonous,

    A fresh new look at what they see,
    can maybe clear the air
    the death and hate,
    so hard to take,
    that we dont even go there.

    Having penned this, I have to say, there are good cops and also not so good, but what would the world be like without any form of law enforcement? I shudder to think.Nice tribute to the boys in blue 

  • tearsbeforebedtime
    August 11, 2004
    great poem! It definately gave me a new perspective of cops ((not exactly a fan)). Great write - love your form. Bravo! 


    peace out

  • April Renee
    August 11, 2004
    my own poetry lacks flow most of the time..so my comment may lack every and all types of insight...it wont make sense or seem to be okay..but your poem was well written; the read was great.

    great job


  • chromegirl
    August 11, 2004
    also the last two stanzas you used a lot of the same rhymes... think about changing that.

  • chromegirl
    August 11, 2004

  • MariGoes
    August 11, 2004 
    There are those who really care
    There are those who just pretend
    There are those who takes abuse of their badge
    Everywhere, a rule has an exception
    Is the rule the positive or negative aspect of the story?

    A good write

  • surerbad
    August 10, 2004
    I think some cops deserve the honor you wrote about. But more than not most cops are either crooked or lets the power goes to thier heads. In my town of 1800 people all the cops are crooked. They won't handle anything if they are friends with the people. They just sit on thier asses and sleep. I called the cops because my van got vandelized and they won't do anything about it because the kids involve are friends. This is why I don't care to much for officers. They are to protect and serve. Not here they don't. I am glad you wrote this about cops you know. It is a honor to dedicate this piece to them. good write.
  • love me always
    August 10, 2004

  • MuseStalker
    August 10, 2004

    very nice

    Warm-hearted tribute to the boys in blue....long overdue, I think. I respect cops...worked with thousands of them over the years. We should be grateful for those men and women who are willing to stand the vigile as the Blue Wall between us and anarchy....but, we also need to hold them accountable. When I worked in various prosecutor's offices, it was my belief that my job required me to be "above even the shadow of suspicion of wrong-doing", and - while I'd never hold anyone else to a level of vigilence not required by the law itself - I think we must also keep strict watch on our defenders....holding them as accountable as anyone else for abiding by the law. It is true that absolute power MAY corrupt. It is our willingness to be vigilant in watching the guardians of our freedom that will save us all from the results of that reality. Thanks for this wonderful reminder to support our "soldiers in blue". Very nicely done. 

  • Night Hope gold member
    August 10, 2004


    BLESS YOU, SIR!!! I KNOW THEY WILL ALL BE THRILLED WITH YOUR TRIBUTE...I knew Big D through the man I lived with for nearly 14 years...(both RIP)...Don, Sr. was a Lt. for the OKCPD until retiring in the mid-1970's...he began the crime/forensics lab & taught fingerprinting & handwriting analysis at Quantico under Hoover's directive...he was also in the Navy during WWII; he was on the ship & also on the smaller boat that picked up George Bush, Sr. when his plane crashed...he was a wonderful man...& an even better Friend & Human Being...my poem is for him; however, he'd be too humble to accept the accolades...he would accept on behalf of all those in uniform, though...BLESS THEM ALL...it takes a very unique person, a very special BEING, to be able to do The Job, day in & day out...he dedicated his life to the honor of being able...TO PROTECT & SERVE...my poem, Sir...
    BIG D (Ret. Lt., OKCPD)
    His Spirit so tall,
    it could see across the city ~
    even in Darkness.
    His arms so wide,
    no one could flee
    his embrace.
    His smile so wide,
    the Horizon
    was unbound by limitations.
    His Heart so Grand,
    there was room for all
    inside ~
    His Home,
    a haven
    for the Lost & Weary.
    His Life ~
    a glorious display
    of Love & Courage
    ~~~WLB 8/10/04 8:35 A.M.

  • Fantine
    August 10, 2004 
    Yes these people deserve so much more from us! They are ready and willing to put their lives on the line to protect this country! This was so inspiring!
  • pozo gold member
    August 10, 2004
    A wonderful tribute to the brave
    Men and women who go out
    To fight for good away from bad
    And the badge which they wear to keep strong.

    I can't do this, lol, since I feel a critique is more needed than a poem. This is a wonderful tribute to the heroes who are policeofficers. A great write- keep them coming. I especially liked the way each verse finished with 'the badge'
  • Seraph1885
    August 10, 2004 
    Wonderful tribute Chuck  I have to send the link to this poem to my friend. Her dad is a police officer. I used to hate police officers when I was back home always thought all police does is nothing but harm innocent people but when I came here i realised all police officers are not like ones we had back home and my respect for them grew stronger ^.^ 
    Keep on penning.
  • JM Kenyon silver member
    August 10, 2004
    Another splendid poem! Normally I would not click on the featured but go to your page to read, but I am feeling very lazy today  .

    You have made some great points in this, as well as making the badge come to life. When I was younger, my cousins parents had so many scuffs with the law, that they taught their kids to be afrid of the police, to run, even if they needed help. Those who are in these lines of work aren't there to hurt or be pricks, they are there to portect us! Without them there would be no order! Thankfully I had a mom that was pretty stright where being a law abiding citizen came in. She made sure we knew that there were people to help, and those who ran had something to hide.

    A fine, fine poem and best of wishes... ~genielassie~
  • TheOneWhoSees
    August 9, 2004
    They stay up at night
    To keep you safe

    They put thier lives on the line
    To keep you safe

    They give up thier own time
    To keep you safe

    They give thier own blood
    To keep you safe

    There's no reward
    For such selfless devotion

    Nothing that can fully repay them
    For thier blood, sweat, and tears.

    They've saved my life
    And I'm sure they've helped you.

    So leave them some love
    They deserve it too.
  • RainbowQueen
    August 9, 2004
    Very well written!
  • love me always
    August 9, 2004
    i love this poem its so awesome...it really appriciates police and sumtimes they dont even get enough credit...good work!

  • SilentBeauty
    August 9, 2004
    Wow, very nice for i guess what would be the good cops, if it weren't for the shit from the last cop i ran into i'd be whole hearted for the point of the poem, but i suppose literally some are just pigs, but the poem itself was very well done.
  • el desdichado
    August 9, 2004
    This is a very moving piece, gracefully written. It is an inspiration and a reminder. Keep up the good work.

  • Touchof1der Moderators member
    August 9, 2004
    I can't comment back to this with a poem because I just don't have the words in me to write one at the moment but as someone who not only works in the profession you are paying tribute to but also someone who knows that little lady there above that commented several days ago - I sure thank you kindly for the words of encouragement.