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APED: "the man who guards the door"

June 10th, 2009 (09:57 pm)

for Stephen Tyrone Johns, in memoriam, and for his colleagues Harry Weeks and Jason McCuiston, in gratitude.

When all is said, and blame is cast,
and most is as it was before,
and the chatter stills at last,
as before the gunshots' roar,
the villain set before the mast,
convictions publicized, abhorred,
judgment made, and sentence passed,
honor the man who guards the door.

The man whom most would just walk past,
his uniform, like him, decor.
Like the lobby's brick and glass,
he's scenery, and nothing more.
The deed of honor, unsurpassed
the commentators will ignore,
in their hurry to lambaste --
honor the man who guards the door.

The killer's name, his writings crass,
will run in headlines, books, and more.
But memory holds a crevasse:
as time heals over, soothes the sore,
the heroes shuffle off, en masse,
names forgotten, as before --
for those who lived, and one who passed,
honor the man who guards the door.


Posted by: kdorian (kdorian)
Posted at: June 11th, 2009 02:38 am (UTC)

And now I'm crying again.

Posted by: riah_chan (riah_chan)
Posted at: June 11th, 2009 03:21 am (UTC)

This. I was reading an article and they had a picture of the shooter but not of the guard... I thought that was wrong. This is right.

Posted by: cyano (cyano)
Posted at: June 11th, 2009 01:32 pm (UTC)

Very nicely done.
Thank you.

WP does have an article on him this morning, I haven't had a chance to read it yet though

Posted by: 3fgburner (3fgburner)
Posted at: June 11th, 2009 06:32 pm (UTC)

"An' it's Tommy this, and Tommy that,
And Tommy, 'ows yer soul?
But it's Thin Red Line of 'Eroes
When the drums begin to roll."

Posted by: stalkere (stalkere)
Posted at: June 11th, 2009 10:41 pm (UTC)
So very true

Still is the story told,
How well Horatius kept the bridge
In the brave days of old.

There's darn few that know Mr Johns name today, and in a week, there'll be less. I think we've lost something in the modern age.

Posted by: doctor_alice (doctor_alice)
Posted at: June 12th, 2009 04:28 am (UTC)

"and most is as it was before"

This is so deft, it just got me. And you're right. Mr. Johns is the one who should be remembered here.

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