experience tells the viewer you don’t need to look down to
safety the firearm.
Close the trunk on the cruiser,
carry the blue bag by your side and into the precinct.
Walk towards the office door.
Open and close it behind the audience,
let them see the title across the glass.
New town. New Sheriff.
Wheel the chair back and look out the blinds, just a crack.
The car across the street is still parked in the loading zone.
Fifth cigarette has just been dropped by the driver.
Just past 0900 hours on a Monday morning.
Brinks truck pulls up and honks the horn.
The driver reluctantly drives ahead,
another car creeps in behind the Brinks,
with a third car coming alongside.
A modern day Matt Dillon situation,
cameras rolling on make-believe turned real life madness.
Cell phones hitting record and this sheriff is likely on the 11 am news with
the self contrived world ready to judge what’s about to be done.
Stand and saddle up.
Hit the phone and call in the team,
it’s time to start the shift on the right foot.
News reports and in-office reports.
Television reports and hard nose newspaper reports.
Radio bloggers and finally general social media interpretations are given in order of importance.
It all points in the department’s favour,
with pictures and headlines stating the absurdity of criminals vs
the cool reaction of the police department.
Sheriff out front in the photo, below the lead, never looking down,
Feet are up on the desk now,
hat is tipped down on nose,
bourbon is by the glass
match is scratched under the table- top.
Tomorrow is a new day and as sheriff…
she knows every movement made
will be judged by crowd and criminals alike.
Never look down or hesitate.