Brooklyn Cadets

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There was no college campus,

and no college dorms,

fresh police graduates circled

the room in crisp blue uniforms,

their faces still smooth,

chin up, bold,

the youngest maybe,

twenty one years old,

neat, from head to feet,

their devotion, complete,

ready for Brooklyn’s heat,

their virginity uncompromised,

until they hit the street,

no short-cuts, no curve,

it was Protect and Serve,

which rattled around,

in the uncluttered expanse

of their minds,

they wanted to be different,

make a name,

but when reality sets in,

it’ll all be the same,

but for now, pound and ground,

all around the town,

they were Brooklyn cadets,

primed and polished,

uncorrupted yet,

right from the academy classroom,

and into the fire,

ready to go head to head,

wire to wire,

no regrets,

for these Brooklyn cadets.

© 2012 Frank Atanacio

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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

Hello frank.. these poor cadets have a long road ahead of them.. I love your poem. my heart goes out to all the men in blue.. they have such a hard job to do. and your poems expressed it..

I hope Michelle did not offend you.. you are such a great hubber and friend

hubs and many blessings


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

This is very good, it seems a bit different, less mysterious maybe than your usual style; I like it very much.

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LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

Very accurate perception! Oblivious to the fact that the streets are not like their classrooms...... Very nice work, Frank. Enjoyed it with a sigh of relief.... No strange ending :)

Voting up and awesome!

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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

A wonderful poem Frank;full of sincerity and heart.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

LOL thanks so much Our Ms brooks.. Michelle is fantastic in your latest hub :) and thank you for stopping by Lathing and Eddy and of course you too Jackie im glad you enjoyed my cadets! LOL

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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

This is a wonderful tribute to the Brooklyn young cadets hitting the streets.

Voted up and awesome, Joyce.

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

UP and AWESOME, Frank! I like this very make it easy for your readers to visualize!! Thanks!

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coffeegginmyrice 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

Wonderful tribute poem Frank, to the young and courageous in their blue uniform. Makes their parents very proud too. Hope these young cadets will be able to hang on and with the support of the citizens, they will!

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Jlava73 4 years ago from Cyberspace and My Own World

I love your latest masterpiece Frank. Cadets who head out to protect and serve, with noble intentions, until the harsh realities of life are thrust upon them. You captured that beautifully!

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dghbrh 4 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

Good morning Frank.....only if the Brooklyn cadets would have been retaining the purity in soul the way they have entered with the dream to make a name with difference. This is the scenario every where with the crisp new uniforms and the young blood around and like you said they remain head high, chin up till the reality sets in. Very relevant topic lyrically expressed with few words in this brilliant poetry. All votes up way excluding the funny part and I am sharing too.

God bless you


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Wonderful poem for all the police wannabees. Made me think of those Police Academy movies.

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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks so much Joyce aka writer20 for stopping by Coffee good to see you again and fpher.. thank you Jlava for realizing that reality will soon set in and thank you too dghgrh for realizing the same thing as Jlava and thanks Gypsy for stopping by

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Valleypoet 4 years ago

I guess it's like any job, it hardly ever lives up to expectations...but of course, to begin with, the enthusiasm and drive must be there to get you into the job in the first place...I suppose with policing especially, there are some experiences you simply can't train for. Good work Frank:-))

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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

yeah Valley.. a very good comment you left here for my cadets..:)

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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

Such a motivational piece, Frank

All want the best, until life offers us something drastic where we all land up making the same choices.

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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

again thanks Ruch for visiting my Cadets...

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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

May they never have regrets. In one of the most heartrending, unrewarded professions one can survive but never unscathed. The horrors those young eyes will see will make those bold chins quiver. But we all shall pray for the Brooklyn Cadets and all the other policemen and women who dedicate their lives and sacrifice innocence to save our society. Your poem is beautiful Frank, no surprise there though.

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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

The difference between whats imagined and what comes down in reality can be a shock. But the Brooklyn Cadets will rise to whatever challenge confronts them- after reading this there is no doubt of that. Hyph says it perfectly -the cadets will do well by her prayers, guaranteed.

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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

I somehow heard the echo of thirty years down the beat. Sent me a chill.

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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks for visiting my cadets, Hyphen, Alastar and Mckbirdbks.. bless you all for leaving a comment and sharing your thoughts :)

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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

I like this. Nice work. good flow. Up and shared.

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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

This read so fresh, just as these young cadets choosing to do as they are called. The cadence is excellent. I really loved this one dear one.

Voted way up

God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

Frank, up, awesome, interesting, and shared my friend. Awesome job on this one. You always do great Frank, you have a special gift. I like all the references to being rookies, detailed poetry. Cool stuff Frank. Hope you have a good one.

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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks for stopping by PDX and Faith wonderfful looking baby..: and thelyricwriter thanks for being constant bless you guys :)

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b. Malin 4 years ago

Nice Tribute to "Brooklyn Cadets"...Fresh, with Promise, until they get Corrupted by the System! Always a pleasure to read your Hubs Frank.

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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks b.malin

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time2rite 4 years ago from Navarre, Fl, USA

Ah, the hopes to acquire a name for oneself; the naivete of the newly recruited, newly graduated, before being hit with the reality and enormity of all being an officer of the law truly requires. I like the way you liken it to "virginity"...knowing they'll be broken in when the nitty gritty of life on the beat initiates them into the brotherhood of law enforcement. Great read as always, Frank!

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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you so much time// hope all is well with you :)

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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

Beautiful, Frank. What a wonderful image you've left us with and, as I am reading some of the comments here, they have a tough row ahead of them. Put very well by you: "...their virginity uncompromised...uncorrupted..."

And then...time moves on and we who are experienced, (seasoned), walk a thin line between staying 'fresh' and becoming cynical...or, perhaps I am speaking only for myself in my field of work?

Rated up/I/A

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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you so much Denise for visiting my Cadets bless you :)

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manatita44 12 months ago from london

Beautiful Poetry, Bro. Suits me to a 'T.' Started life as a young eighteen year old policeman in the Caribbean, and spent six months in a Police Training Academy. I came 2nd in class.

Your poetry flows well. It's lucid; vivid...

I did not think of this before, but perhaps you were in forensics, last time round. (re-incarnation). Much Love, Frank.

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Frank Atanacio 12 months ago from Shelton Author

thanks manatita for checking this out

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