A Part of America Died
By Harry Koch
Someone killed a policeman today,
And a part of America Died.
A piece of our country he swore to protect
Will be buried with him at his side.
The suspect who shot him will stand up in court.
With counsel demanding his rights.
While a young widowed mother must work for her kids
And spend alone many long nights
The beat that he walked was a battlefield, too.
Just as if he'd gone off to war.
Though the flag of our nation won't fly at half mast,
To his name they will add a gold star
Yes, someone killed a policeman today
It happened in your town or mine.
While we slept in comfort behind our locked doors.
A cop put his life on the line.
Now, his ghost walks a beat on a dark city street.
And he stands at each new rookie's side
He answered the call and gave us his all
And a part of America died.