The Final Inspection

The policeman stood and faced his God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining.
Just as brightly as his brass.

“Step forward now, policeman.
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My church have you been true?”

The policeman squared his shoulders and said,
“No, Lord, I guess I ain’t,
Because those of us who carry badges
can’t always be a saint.

I’ve had to work most Sundays,
and at times my talk was rough,
and sometimes I’ve been violent,
Because the streets are awfully tough. 

But I never took a penny,
That wasn’t mine to keep…
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just too steep. 

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I’ve wept unmanly tears. 

I know I don’t deserve a place
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fear. 

If you’ve a place for me here,
Lord, it needn’t be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don’t…I’ll understand.” 

There was silence all around the throne
Where the saints had often trod.
As the policeman waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God. 

“Step forward now, policeman,
You’ve borne your burdens well.
Come walk a beat on Heaven’s streets,
You’ve done your time in hell.” 

This was a poem that was read today at my cousin’s funeral. It was a lovely service and I’m glad that my brother and I were able to go. It also gave us the opportunity to catch up with family who we hardly ever get to see. Including my cousin’s son (who is 3 years older than me) who ran up to my parents to give them a hug. He turned and I said hello and he goes “cousin?!” and gives me a big hug haha. I haven’t talked to him in about 15 years.

The funeral home was full of Toronto Maple Leaf items because my cousin was a huge fan. When we got there, I saw this really cute Leaf’s piggy bank sitting on a table that his parents (my aunt and uncle) were standing beside. I learned after the service that it actually holds the ashes of my cousin – how absolutely fitting and hilarious!

The rest of the day was great – shopping with my brother and finally back at our parents’ house for the next ten days. I’ve already staked out my place in a separate room watching the Leaf’s game for the night. Cuddling with a pup. Even spent some time just laying on the floor with the other dog.

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It’s good to be home! Even if I am already having issues with my mom haha. What’s Christmas without family drama? 

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