Prayers for a Fallen Officer
St. Louis Police Officer Tamarris Bohannan was fatally shot in the line of duty in South St. Louis on Aug. 29. The Diocese of Missouri extends our prayers to the Metropolitan Police Department of the City of St. Louis, along with Officer Bohannan's family and friends.
Jeff Roorda is the Business Manager of the St. Louis Police Officers' Association and a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Carondelet. He shared this poem with us in honor of Officer Bohannan:
I WONDER HOW THEY SEE ME
by Jeff Roorda
The things I try to hide?
Do they comprehend the evil deeds
Of man I can’t abide?
The things I’ve had to see?
Do they reckon I am someone else?
My God, it’s only me!
Each time I close my eyes?
Can they feel the warm blood on their hands
Each time someone’s child dies?
Can they perceive my pain?
Do they get I’m not immune to it
Just ‘cause I don’t complain?
Curse me for standing tall?
Emotionless with a stiff, square jaw
As past me goes the pall,
To final resting place.
Life taken by the hand of the last
Demon that he faced.
It’s me who’s carted by.
Do you think they’ll know how hard I fought?
I didn’t want to die.
My loved ones and my kids.
I just tried to serve my fellow man
That’s really all I did.
I know you’re not surprised
That It only matters how I’m seen
Through Your forgiving eyes.