Dan Bianchino: 'Between the lines'

Between The Lines

Between the lines
The shepherd keeps
The lighthouse on
Those deadly reefs.

Between the lines
Before the speech
Before the tide
Makes its retreat.

Between the lines
Where truth resides
Are all the flaws
That cannot hide.

Between the lines
The heroes wait
Before the edit
Makes lines all straight.

Between the lines
Before the vetting
Before the polish
Before the netting.

Between the lines
The salt that shakes
Between the faults
The earth it quakes.

Between the lines
Where thoughts take place
To our chagrin,
To our disgrace,

In the lines
There's one inept
An Ego filled
We can't forget!

So protest those
Whose lines inflame
Of which I know
I need not name
Between these lines
_ _ _ _ _ .

Dan Bianchino
North Conway

  • Category: Letters

Claude Roessiger: Who's more at fault: License whipper or officer?

To the editor:

I wonder whether anyone reading Daymond Steer's article regarding the "whipped license assault" on a police officer, and the ensuing nonsense, could have done so without shaking his or her head.

Are we come to this, that anything that irritates an immature and self-evidently untrained officer leads to a charge of assault? To a sentence? To the contemplation of a prison term? Are we mad? What shall be next? A dirty look at a police officer as assault?

That a court did not dismiss the charge is the more shocking. It is the lockstep union of police and courts that was never intended, and under which we now see our rights eroded.

Do not by my words misunderstand me: I am, in principle, for the ancient Roman view that those charged with public order — they were unarmed in Rome, as is mostly the case still today in the U.K. — are not to be assaulted or menaced. It is the very notion that allows such persons to be unarmed, for part of public order is theirs by example. But setting that aside as impracticable in our country, we can still preserve the good old notion.

From what Mr. Steer wrote, we can wonder who should rightly have been charged in this silly matter: the citizen who was, or the police officer who behaved so immaturely? If our police officers are not trained to recognize and inure themselves to the very normal situations of their profession, they ought to seek work more suited to their temperaments.

Any poet with a sense of satire could do wonders with this.

Yours sincerely,
Claude Roessiger

  • Category: Letters