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Nov 2020
Lawrence Hall

                 Barney Fife! Thou Shouldst be Living at this Hour

                              -as William Wordsworth did not say

Police chiefs are costumed as admirals these days
Or as generals, with medals and eagles and stars
Peaked caps and polished boots, more Patton than Patton
In stern command of parking-lot plywood lecterns

Their trousers are crisply pressed, as are their frowns
And all their seams line up with military precision
Each gold and silver button polished as befits
Leaders formidable to civilizationโ€™s foes

And thus they appear, gloriously attired
Explaining to their people why theyโ€™ve just been fired

(I admire police - beat cops, the proper coppers - but the resumeโ€™ builders who rise to high office and dress up like Hohenzollern postal clerks are another matter.)
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Lawrence Hall
   vb, Wk kortas and BLT
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