Monday, May 30, 2011

A Life Long Trail

                                                     To serve and protect
                                                     and sworn to uphold
                                                     the laws of the land
                                                     is a determined goal

                                                     The badge of honor
                                                      they wear so well
                                                      the pursuit of justice
                                                      is a life long trail

                                                     They stand for right
                                                      and against all wrong
                                                      steadfast and true
                                                      a line they have drawn

                                                     The call of duty
                                                      is day and night
                                                      so willing and ready
                                                      never knowing the plight

                                                     A pillar of strength
                                                     through good and bad
                                                     a show of kindness
                                                     so willing and glad

                                                     A handshake of gratitude
                                                      a job well done
                                                      plenty of respect
                                                      to often there's none

                                                      Some have fallen
                                                      some still stand
                                                      they take that chance
                                                      together they band
                                                      To each the same
                                                      close as a brother
                                                      my heart holds pride
                                                      I am a mother

                                         Susie Swanson     Copyright, 2011

I dedicate this to my son and all law enforcement officers with a great debt of gratitude in my heart.
Thank you for putting your lives on the line and keeping us safe..   May God hold you in his arms, as I hold you in my heart..  Blessings, Susie


  1. What a wonderful tribute to your son and those who protect us daily with no thanks but with pride. Susie how awesome!
    I love reading your poetry it is so very inspiring.
    Thank you for sharing your heart with us.

  2. Beth is right Susie, Your tribute is true and heartfelt !
    I too love reading your poetry, you awlays seem to know just how to say what we all need to say but dont ! YOU ROCK !!

  3. Nice job with this poem, Susie. We should all be thankful to those who protect us and keep us safe.

  4. Hi Susie, your son looks like such a strong and brave man. What a loving tribute to your son, those are the kind of words that all people long to hear from their mothers, and I know he will treasure them always! Just beautiful, I especially like the line "A pillar of strength through good and bad". Our law enforcement officers give us all a feeling of strength that we can hold onto in times of trial. Delisa

  5. just this today : God bless you and your family :)

  6. Thank you all so much. I cherish every word and comment. It's sometimes hard to say how I feel about something or someone, so I write it down. This one is close to my heart.. May God Bless each one of you...Susie

  7. We don't ever take enough time to thank those who are in service careers (such as police, fire-fighters, etc.) ---who are often in harms way trying to protect us... God Be with them ALL.

    Great poem, Susie...
    P.S. Unfortunately, it is hot here too now... Gosh---what's up with that?????

  8. Hi Susie, I didn't see an email listed for you so I thought you would get this message if I left in in the comment section. I just wanted to let you know that you won the contest over on my blog this morning! Hooray! There were 48 names and I picked your entry out of the big blue mixing bowl. :) If you could email me we can figure out what color of hat you would like and you could give me your head measurement and an address that I can mail it to. My email is:

    It will probably take me about three weeks to actually make the hat and get it shipped to you. I really looking forward to it. Have a good day and talk with you soon. I may be away from the computer for bit today but I'll write you back as soon as I log back on. Delisa :)

  9. Horray, I'm speechless, and honored. It is surely my lucky day. I will treasure it . Thank you so much and Blessings Susie

  10. Hi Susie, I hope you are having a nice day! I just got back in today and will be home all evening. You can either email me directly to,: with your color selection, head measurement and mailing address, or you can leave it on the comment section of my blog and I will remove it as soon as I receive it, for your privacy.

    I have many colors to choose from: dark brown, sand brown, gold, red, dark blue, purple, medium lavender, cream, black, dark gray, burgundy, teal blue, and sage green. It is a knitted stocking-cap design, that is nice and warm for winter. To measure you head just place the tape measure around your head, to your forehead. Most people are usually somewhere between 21 inches and 24. I'm looking forward to making it for you! Talk with you soon. Delisa :)

  11. Delisa, I sent you another email and hope that you have got it. If not let me know. My head size is 22 and I like burgundy, but you can make any color I 'm just so excited that I won. Thank you again and thank Polly Ann for me. Hope you have a nice evening, Susie

  12. Burgundy it is! Thank you Susie, I'm so sorry you are having trouble getting through. It seems like the problem with Blogger comments is still effecting a lot of people. For some reason I didn't get your email either. The only thing I need is your mailing address to send the package. Perhaps you could leave it here on your comment page and then take it down once I am able to copy it? I'll check back again throughout the evening. Delisa :)

  13. Susie,
    This is a great poem about our law enforcement officers. Your son is a fine looking gentleman and we sure appreciate very much he and our other officers for the work they do protecting the citizens. Where is he an officer?

  14. Thank you Brenda for the nice comments and visit. He's in Cherokee County... Susie

  15. A lovely tribute to those who serve!

    (I didn't know he was your son-he was a grade (or 2) behind me back in our days at Martins Creek School)


  16. Thanks Tipper, I didn't know that either. He was a grade below Kim at Martins Creek. He was suppose to be in her grade but was held back another year because his birthday was in November and the cut off date was Oct.15. Thanks for stopping by.. Susie