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to ask all the mumsnetters who voiced negative messages re policing notting hill to read this poem!!

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Lulah Sat 30-Aug-08 23:17:27

A policeman stood before his god,
As always must come to pass.
He hoped his boots were shining
as brightly as his brass.
"step forward now policeman,
How shall i deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek
and to my church have you been true?
The policeman squared his shoulders and
said "No lord i guess i aint.
Cause those of us who carry guns and deal with scum
Cant always be a saint!
I have had to work such long days
and sometimes my talk was tough
and at other times i have been violent
cause the world is awfully rough.
But i never took a penny that wasnt mine to keep
And i ve had to work a lot of overtime
when the bill s got just too steep.
I never passed a cry for help
though at times i shook with fear.
And at times god forgive me
I cried unmanly tears.
I dont know if i deserve a place
Among people who are here
they never wanted me around
except to calm their fears.
So if you ve a place here lord
it need not be so grand
in life i did not expect or need much
so if you don t i understand.
There was a silence all around the throne
where saints had often trod as the
policeman waited quietly
for the judgement of his god.
"step forward now BRAVE OFFICER
You have born you burdens well
Walk peacefully on my heavens streets

beanieb Sat 30-Aug-08 23:18:34


policywonk Sat 30-Aug-08 23:20:07

Patience Strong, is it?

Ronaldinhio Sat 30-Aug-08 23:21:08

Is this a joke?

handlemecarefully Sat 30-Aug-08 23:22:50

I don't think it warrants a blergh

wessexgirl Sat 30-Aug-08 23:22:53

I think Patience Strong had a better grasp of scansion, policy.

themildmanneredstalker Sat 30-Aug-08 23:23:45

oh jeez-what a pile of sickly sentiment al crap

policywonk Sat 30-Aug-08 23:24:10

I'll happily bow to your superior knowledge on that one, Wessex grin

wessexgirl Sat 30-Aug-08 23:25:03

Nan was a fan <infinite suffering emoticon>.

policywonk Sat 30-Aug-08 23:27:06

Ah. My mother was an anti-fan - she always used to squeak 'Patience Strong!' and make retching noises whenever she was faced with a false sentiment/bad poetry combo.

Lulah Sat 30-Aug-08 23:28:21

More or less as expected from the usual !. Hope the wife of the policeman who died on duty and wrote it doesnt bother to join MN.

beanieb Sat 30-Aug-08 23:30:48

The 'blergh' was at the tweeness of the 'poem'

I didn't read whatever the original thread was but the 'poem' IMO was blergh.

beanieb Sat 30-Aug-08 23:32:45

Lulah - The fact that it was written by the wife of a policeman who died means nothing to me. I read it as a piece of poetry with no sentimental connection and it made me think 'blergh' I still think 'blergh' even having been told who wrote it.

Is it going to be on the front cover of the news of the world and the Daily Mail tomorrow?

Ronaldinhio Sat 30-Aug-08 23:33:00

Agreed with BeanieB

wahwah Sat 30-Aug-08 23:34:31

Look I'm sorry for her suffering, but to inflict her pain on others is a bit much imho.

handlemecarefully Sat 30-Aug-08 23:34:54

I don't mind going on record as saying that I found it quite moving, particularly given it's genesis...but then I am older than 14 and not trying to prove anything.

policywonk Sat 30-Aug-08 23:35:32

There's an interesting discussion to be had about police and their role/duties in society. I don't think it took place on the Notting Hill thread, and I don't think that that poem adds much to it either. All just my opinion of course.

policywonk Sat 30-Aug-08 23:36:17

childish snigger at wahwah

handlemecarefully Sat 30-Aug-08 23:38:12

I haven't read the Notting Hill thread, and having seen some of the facetious and flippant remarks (passing for 'wit') on this thread have no desire to go there.

wahwah Sat 30-Aug-08 23:38:42

Of course you're not.

Let me put this into perspective. Eric Clapton's son died and it was very sad. I felt sorry for his suffering. I cannot abide 'Tears in Heaven'. Doesn't mean I am a heartless bitch, just that some expressions of pain are better kept private if you don't want other people forming an opinion.

beanieb Sat 30-Aug-08 23:45:43

handlemecarefully - I find it interesting that its genesis somehow makes it more moving. I was reading it as a piece of poetry with no knowledge of it's reason for being. I think it's awful poetry, I have to be honest. it really is.

The fact that the poem ws written by a recently bereaved woman doesn't increase it's worth IMO.

However, I hope the woman who wroteit gets some comfort from it.

vixma Sat 30-Aug-08 23:46:59

Whenit comes to police man/women roles n society it would be intrested to see if tey are as frustrated as the public is. Paper work is a huge issue and sueing. I personally liked the bobbies on the beat. We had one in particular when I was growing up in the early 1990's called PC Lawrance, who we did not aways see, but we knew he ws about.....we were litle so and so's, but he was strict and he used to petrole the area on his bike....we knew his mission was t catch someone up to mischief....however, he had a rare soft side also.

UniversallyChallenged Sat 30-Aug-08 23:47:16

Wasnt this originally about soldiers? Not that it matters I suppose, just seem to remember that American makeover programme doing this poem for a chap who lost his legs in Iraq

Ronaldinhio Sat 30-Aug-08 23:48:36

Why so riled handelmecarefully?

policywonk Sat 30-Aug-08 23:54:15

I think universallychallenged might be right - if you Google 'The Final Inspection' it comes up a few times, and there's a site that claims it was written by a US soldier.

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