Monday, June 4, 2012

The Line

image borrowed from bing

The Line
Sean would follow the familial edict
for the Murphys have always been cops.
He was born hungry for the badge,
would stand for hours in the iconic
“Hallway of the Constabulary”
staring lovingly at the police portraits
that lined the wall, stretching from
1899 to 1999.
He was naturally tenacious, 
and he remembered fondly 
the knuckle-kohl he created over the eye
of the stupid kid who had been 
erroneously eponymous when calling
his forbearers a “herd of pigs”.
He would be 19 tomorrow
and could barely wait to scrawl
his proud signature on the official
police academy application--
his chance, his turn to carry on
the Murphy legacy,
to become an urban warrior,
to protect and serve,
to hit the mean streets ready
to flick the silver snap 
over his service revolver, 
to finally gel with the Murphy 
version of “the long blue line” syndrome,
thankful that he also would be able
to capture his other dewy dream,
to move toward matrimony,
to make Katie his wife,
to finally lift that white tulle veil
in front of both their families,
to add her feminine strengths
to his perfect plans--
to create several sons,
to bequeath the pure police heritage,
to conjure up pride four generations deep;
but you know, if all he could produce
were daughters--that would be acceptable
too in this modern world
where women make hard ass cops,
and hell yes, his girls would be
the first femmes to join the line. 
Glenn Buttkus
May 2012. 

Posted over on Monday Melting 20

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rosemary mint said...

Ha! Love the ending. :) I hate the idea of men (or anyone) making plans like that. People should be able to choose for themselves, go after their own passions.

I recognize that photo from my days in publishing; it's a stock photo we used.

This was so creative: "the knuckle-kohl he created over the eye"

Great work, Glenn.

Hannah said...

Great topic for these words, Glenn! Melting words blended well!

rosemary mint said...

I just wrote mine---a couple of haiku---if you're interested in reading.

Brian Miller said...

sounds like he has his life all planned...first, sean murphy was my best friend when i lived in MD...he wasnt a cop is interesting the family lineage in cops...i wanted to be a cop at one point...well was for a bit but...anyway...yes women make for fine cops as well...

Lane Savant said...

I did not stop for the stop sign -
Though it had kindly stopped for me -
The motorcycle cop gave -
Some advice to me for free

Do not do that again she said -
In a stern and serious voice -
For it is a law young man -
It is not as choice

So I nodded and capitulated -
And promised never again -
While in my head the words ran free -
Fast chance, cutie pie, fat chance.

Anne Katherine said...

You are a great storyteller! You always make the words fit so seamlessly. Always enjoy your site!

aprille said...

Femme fatal if not fatale :-)
We talk of the 'thin blue line' for the police.
Liked the pace of the story and the picture you borrowed.

Fred Rutherford said...

Really nice piece Glenn. Love the second last stanza, really came out great. Thanks

manicddaily said...

Very fun - great pic! k.

Jules said...

Coming a tad late to the party...I enjoyed this piece. As my gents, DIL are all Vol Fire-fighters (no longer restricted to 'Firemen'. Grandson will mostly likely follow as he
almost lives at the station house.
I've got the following which also links to a companion piece that I wrote for The Sunday Whirl wordle list ...enjoy:

Expressjodi said...

Great expectations

Life is full of surprises, particularly if you are a newly - wed . Expressjodi you a glimpse into the future and tells how to be prepared to face married life

Love is all about romance whereas marriage is a lot about responsibility. When two different individuals from different backgrounds live together, differences of opinion on things like spending habits, career, having and raising a baby, sharing household responsibilities etc, are bound to crop up, the key is to broaden your outlook and accept all the changes that marriage brings, and to remember that marriage is a momentous change for you and your spouse. And, fear not, over a period of time, you will find a way to make it work.


With marriage comes a whole lot of responsibility. "From the time you ger married, the decisions you make will not be yours alone, but your partner's as well. This is because your choices will impact both of you. But this doesn't mean that you're tied to a ball and chain. "It only means you have a companion with you for life. In fact, in your capacity as a spouse, you become your partner's caretaker, friend, confidante and even punching bag etc.


Arguments over money are bound to happen, so be prepared for it. And unless you establish some ground rules for dealing with financial issues, you will continue to have these arguments. Bear in mind that you are now a part of a unit, and no longer flying solo.

In - laws or outlaws?

if you thought that marriage is all about sharing your life with your significant other, think again, and this time, factor in your in - laws into the equation. When you're used to a particular lifestyle, moving in with your in - laws can be a rude shock. You will be required to make changes in your daily routine. Like waking up a little earlier to help around the house or rescheduling your plans on weekends or even modifying some of your eating habits. these might seem like an additional burden, particularly if you are a working woman. Remember to keep an open mind when it comes to handling your in - laws. They may be rigid in their ways, but there is always a way to work out a compromise.

Sharing space

Marriage involves sharing everything - whether it is sadness or glad tidings, chores or finance, which can be a difficult task. This is why marriage necessitates an equal contribution from both side. " Sharing is absolutely essential for a happy marriage,. Besides making it easier to run the show, it also brings you closer to your partner, and cement a bond in a way that only experience can.
Differnces of opinion

Shaadi brings two different individuals together, as well as two sets of arguments for everything. Remember that your husband is as new to the marriage and the relationship as you, and he is facing the same issue for the first time as well.Irrespective of the nature of the relationship, any two people are bound to have differences of opinion at some point of time, It is how you handle these differences that mtters. The best antidote for deviant interest lies in adapting to the situation. "Be carteful not to retaliate for the sake of it,"

Planning for the future

As a single independent working woman, you may be used to your lifestyle, going on holidays or splurging on the latest pair of Jimmy Choos. But married life is a journey and you need to plan carefully to get to your destination. "Planning is the key. Make sure you and your husband are on the same page as far as long - term goal are concerned," "Whether or not you plan to have a baby or deciding on investments for the future and are thing that you should discuss in advbance, if you want to avoid unpleasant surprises in you married life,"

Expressjodi said...

Brahmin Shaadi
Historically, the Brahmins in india were divided into two major groups based on geographical origin of the people. The Brahmin groups that lived to the north of the vindhyas were referred to as Dravida Brahmins. Each group was further divided into five sections according to the regions of their settlement.

The Sagaai or the engagement ceremony symbolises commitment However, the South Indian Brahmin do not lay stress on the presence of bride and the groom in their Sagaai, rather it focuses on commitment between the parents of the groom and the bride. 'Latto' i.e., 'engagement plate' Which consist of coconut, flowers, turmeric, betel leaves and betel nuts hold more importance, in their engagement ceremony. The Maithil Brahmin bride of bihar makes her wedding affair stand apart by receiving the blessing from the Dhobi's (washerman's) wife - a compulsory tradition in the Bihari Brahmin wedding.

In Haldi ceremony turmeric powder is mixed with milk, almond oil and sandalwood and applied to the bride and the groom. In Kashmiri Pandit this ceremony has a twist becuase cold, white yoghurt is poured on the bride as an alternative to haldi. ritual is followed by a special custom called Shankha (shell) Paula (coral) in bengali Brahmins, where seven married women embellish the bride's hand with red and white bangles, the shell is supposed to calm the bride and the coral is believed to
be beneficial for health. Mehndi is also applied on every bride's hands during the Mehndi ceremony. However, a Bengali Brahmin bride applies alta (red dye).

After the ceremonious arrival of the groom, the garlands are exchanged between the groom and the bride, while the priests chant mantras. Jaimala is the symbol of unifying two souls into one. But in tamil nadu, "Oonjal", a unique jaimala ceremony is performed and could be best decribed as a tug of war. In this ceremony, the women sing songs to encourage the bride and groom to exchange the garlands while the uncles persuade the soon to be couple not to Exchange the garlands.Before the ceremony of jaimala, the bride makes a majestic entry in Bengali weddings.

Mangal Phere
Fire is considered the most pious element in the Brahmin weddings and seven circles around that fire holds the seven promises that the nuptial couple make to each other amidst the Vedic mantras. The Brahmin wedding is deemed incomplete without the seven rounds around the sacred fire. Unlike other Brahmin weddings, in Gujarati weddings only four pheras are taken which are called the mangalpheras where the pheras represent four basic human goals of Dharma, Artha, Kama, and Miksha (religious, moral, prosperity and salvation). Likewise in Malayalee Brahmin weddings, pheras are taken only thrice.

Post wedding ceremony vidaai
After pheras, the bride's family and friend bid her teary vidaai (farewell). The Kashmiri pundits make their vidaai even more special. their charming ritual, "roth khabar" is performed on a saturday or tuesday after the wedding. In Roth
khabar, the bride's parents send a roth (bread decorated with nuts) to their son - in - law's family. But the bride accompanies She stay with her parents and returns only when someone from in laws comes to fetch her back.

Griha pravesh
The new bride is greeted by her mother - in - law with Arti and tilak. The bride, who is regarded as the Goddess laxmi, enters the groom's house after the groom's house after kicking rice - filled pot. In Kannada Brahmin marriages, the groom changes the name of his wife in the name change ceremony where he decides a name for his wife and inscribes it on a plate containing rice with a ring. In Bihar, a very strange ritual is performs at the groom's place.