What Policemen Don’t Want Little Girls To Know:

My Dad 


There’s crime.  It exists in every form, every day, at any time.  It gnaws at the weak and makes zombies real.  It brings good people to lie, to cheat, and to steal.  That’s why it is always inside of me.  I have eyes that have witnessed the dregs of society.  I have learned to cope with anxiety.  I’m the guy who goes down to the basements, inside abandoned buildings, ’round dark, scary corners, walking on rooftops.  To serve and to protect all the others at the risk of losing myself to a street that can’t love me or crowds who reject me.  Nothing can protect me; not even this bullet-proof vest that I sport across my chest.  So what am I saying?  I’m saying that I’m the perpetual optimist.  I keep walking a beat believing that the world is worth saving.  That’s why I made you strong and I raised you away from harm.  You’re my commentary, my diary, a living, breathing part of me that I will leave behind.  And it was always worth it.

My Dad,
originally uploaded by Mema13.

About Lisa Perez

Lisa M. Perez is a published poet, editor, copywriter, public speaker and artist. The co-creator of the first ever ArtSpace in Jersey City, member of IUOMA (International Union of Mail Artists), and administrator for an online Mail Art group, Lisa supports the arts and advocates for creativity. Her successful, Art Journal and "Notes from my Brain" series are ongoing projects that evolve with the artist. In addition to being an active blogger since 2005, Lisa scripts and edits copy for various online articles and videos. In September 2017, she was a guest-speaker and virtually chaired a YOGA Recovery meeting. In her spare time, Lisa studies, reads, and creates while maintaining a day job in a STEM field and being a full-time fur-mommy to her shih-tzu, Cher.
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