After one of our Blue Courage classes, a participant shared a poem that she wrote with one of her Blue Courage instructors:

A poem written by Anna Briceno with the Town of Mount Hope, NY Police Department

After the events in Dallas I felt anguish and pride. I knew that there was so much inner turmoil and I needed to get some of it down on paper. I wrote this poem, which seems to have some relevance to the class, as a way to purge and express my feelings about the events and work overall. Just wanted to share:

Now I lay me down to sleep
The horrors of the day I keep
I fight the demons every night
So you can wake safely in the morning light

Now I lay me down to sleep
The sheepdog’s vow I swear to keep
If one should stray in the darkness of night
I’ll keep it safe ‘til the suns bright light

Now I lay me down to sleep
My head held high, my pride I keep
The thin blue line swells wide for all
Together we stand, together we fall

Now I lay me down to sleep
I watched my fellow brothers bleed
Their blood ran red, the same as you
But still you took them way too soon

Now I lay me down to sleep
One eye open I always keep
I will stand tall no matter what they do
I will stand tall with my brothers and sisters in blue

Now I lay me down to sleep
My soul so heavy from the pain I keep
The tears burn my pillow every night
But I will rise again to fight
If I should live another day
I pray the Lord to guide my way.
Amen