Cold Blue Steel

Cold Blue Steel

Cold Blue Steel

Cold Blue Steel

Synopsis

"Cold Blue Steel" contains fifty lyric poems set in the world of the urban street cop in Houston, the nation's fourth largest metropolis.In the patrol car, at scenes of suicides and DOAs, in the overtime reality of aching feet and sweating torsos, the reader experiences the hard realities and unexpected luminosities of doing America's most dangerous job."

Excerpt

Girls,
the badge
is the prettiest piece
of metal you’ll ever wear.
Now, you’re wedded
to a job
requiring every ounce
of grit you have and then
some. and the odds
are all against you.
Still.

Men,
the badge
gives you the right
to do a job. That’s
it. No horse-playing,
sleeping on duty, or
blow jobs in the back seat
of your patrol car. Not
the front seat either.
Dammit.

Officers,
you are now part
of the long and honorable
tradition of Texas
law enforcement. Our
great state is entrusting you
to do what it takes—
legally—to stop the turds.
If you get killed, we’ll
bury you with honors. If . . .

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