First Responders

First Responders
by Howard J Kogan

Oh how we love to love our fire fighters and EMT’s –
counting on them to save us in the worst of times.
Waving the red white and blue, applauding,
standing at attention, saluting as they parade past.
We praise their courage and respectfully, mournfully,
attend their funerals where bagpipes wheeze their dirges.

Our beloved First Responders who go where we
never would, who face the danger and the horror
as we wait and witness from a safe distance.
They’re our angels in uniform.

Until their labor contract needs renewing,
and property taxes climb and we piously decide
they must sacrifice, accept benefits cuts, lay-offs.
Asking of them only what we ask of other angels –
to live on our occasional prayers and inconstant love.

First Responders – Howard Kogan

Howard J Kogan is a psychotherapist/social worker who enjoys rural life
in the Taconic Mtns of East Central New York State. His first book of
poetry, Indian Summer, was recently puublished by Square Circle Press


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