I'm Just Like You

Original Text: 
Janet Thomson, "Video: Police Read Poem for Fallen Officer," CBC News (January 18, 2011). URL: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/toronto/story/2011/01/18/f-video-poem-officers..... Edited to restore its octosyllabic rhythm.
2I have seen what you fear to see,
3I have done what you fear to do -
4All these things I have done for you.
6The one you cast your scorn upon,
7The one you bring your troubles to -
9The one you ask to stand apart,
10The one you feel should have no heart,
16Will you take it ... will anyone?
17And when you watch a person die
18And hear a battered baby cry,
19Then do you think that you can be


1] Variously titled: "I'm Just Like You" (www.werismyki.com), "I Am the Officer" (Sandown Police, NH; Toronto 2011), and "Tears of a Cop" (Rockland Police, MA). Back to Line
5] one: "person" (other versions). Back to Line
8] people: things (www.werismyki.com). Back to Line
11] man: "Officer" (Toronto version) Back to Line
12] I'm a person: I'm just a person (Toronto version). Back to Line
13] I've: Toronto version ("I have"; www.werismyki.com). Back to Line
14] I'm: "I am" (other versions).not: www.werismyki.com version ("not always"; Toronto version). Back to Line
15] The dash creates a pause that compensates for the loss of a syllable in this line. Back to Line
20] Note the loss of a syllable here. Back to Line
Publication Notes: 
A version of this poem was read at the funeral of fallen Toronto police sergeant Ryan Russell.
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: