Celebrating a Life Well Lived: A Hero Laid to Rest

Pipers marching, playing
mournful tunes
Honor guard bearing
patriotic flags
Family gathered at
the graveside
Flag-draped coffin
borne by solemn comrades
Trailed by his faithful
canine partner
Fellow officers at
attention, saluting
Words from the Bible
spoken to comfort
Prayers lifted up
pleading for hope
and strength
Gun salute pierces
the air
Canine partners
Bugles sound
The flag is
lifted from the
Folded into a
perfect triangle
til only stars
Presented with love
to the widow and sons
Mourners file by
removing the white
carnations they wear
and dropping them on
the coffin
Each white flower
stained with a drop
of red representing
the sacrifice given

Rest In Peace
Deputy Jacob Pickett
Boone County, Indiana

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8 Responses to Celebrating a Life Well Lived: A Hero Laid to Rest

  1. lynnedorfman says:

    Beautifully written. Emotional, stunning scene. Made me catch my breath in my throat and force myself to exhale. Such detail – a flag perfectly folded until only the stars show. Your format – free verse poem – and your line breaks bring this sad, solemn scene to life. Touched my heart.

  2. Tim Gels says:

    After I read your poem I looked up the story of Deputy Pickett. I’m sorry for the loss, and sorry for the decisions and events that lead up to it. I hope and pray his family can find peace. Thank you for your words.

  3. lindabaie says:

    A saddest day. You’ve written about it beautifully, Diane.

  4. Ramona says:

    Your words capture the mood of this sad day.
    “Trailed by his faithful
    canine partner” presents such an image.
    Prayers for family and friends affected by this tragedy

  5. arjeha says:

    Beautifully written. A lovely tribute. Your poem delivers the respect and honor deserved.

  6. Terje says:

    Sad. Beautiful. Your poem carries the emotions.

  7. Beautiful tribute to a hero. His family has been on my mind all week. Heartbreaking. You should think about sending that to the Indy Star or to his family. I think it would touch them.

  8. crbrunelle says:

    Definitely a sad situation. Such a hard loss, but beautifully shared.

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