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Betty Perkins of Fries wrote this poem several years ago, when both her sons and her son-in-law were law enforcement officers. She says she has "spent many Christmas Eves wondering if they were alright."
When Perkins lived in North Carolina, The Wilmington (N.C.) Star News published this poem on Christmas Eve for several years. This year, she is sharing it with The Gazette.
"Since I don't know many of our local officers yet, I thought that perhaps The Gazette could let them know that many of us share their thoughts and prayers with them at this special time of year," Perkins said.
A Cop's Christmas Prayer
Please make this, Lord, a Silent Night,
This one night of the year.
No sirens wailing through the dark,
No shouts of hate or fear.
No crumpled cars and twisted steel,
No blood and tears that spill.
No messages of grief to take
To homes that suddenly grow still.
Please, King of Peace, no drunken fights
That wreck the family tree
And all the dreams of some small child
Who clings, in fear, to me.
Let travelers tread the tinseled streets
Safe from assault and harm.
On this one night, this special night,
No blue lights, no alarms.
I'd like to be at home, Oh Lord,
Where spice and ceder scent the air.
I hope my children don't wake up
Until I can be there.
Please make this, Lord, a Silent Night...
No hate, or hurt, or crime,
But if this cannot be, Oh Lord,
Help me get there in time.