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The Hour That Defines Us

We’re committed no doubt,
when the engines roll out,
as we answer an alarm.
So rally the men ‘cause
the score’s tallied when,
we’ve rescued those from harm.
‘Cause we never back down
from a fire attack,
while dragging a nozzle,
irons and axe...
We carry a life-saving
breath on our backs,
in the hour that defines us.
From a basement below
to a high-rise and then?
It’s not a matter of if,
but a matter of when...
The shifts are long,
but our hearts beat strong
and our brothers
stand behind us.
But we’re never seeking
fortune or fame,
in the hour that defines us.
When disaster’s on an epic scale
in the city dark and deep,
we run all night,
the sirens wail,
and yet the city sleeps.
We’ll respond to a plight
when the winter
winds bite,
and in summer sun
that blinds us.
But the minutes come tough
when conditions are rough
in the hour that defines us.
As for brothers in arms
who will never forget,
there will be
times that try us,
but we’ve beaten every
challenge met,
in the hour that defines us...
Copyright © 2016

Copyright © Cole Banner | Year Posted 2016


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  1. Date: 4/8/2016 3:28:00 PM

    Brilliant poem Cole... One of the best I have read today..
  1. Date: 4/8/2016 12:16:00 PM

    This is an excellent tribute to firemen/first responders. Really love this,Cole. Peace my friend:)