In Honor of Caroline Edwards, Witness at the January 6th Committee’s First Public Hearing, and Her Colleagues
T he lovely, nails-tough cop described the
H ell raining down upon them.
E nduring torment, taunts, and trauma, they
C ontributed their very lives to save
A building, institution, lawmakers—all
P rey to a mob of fury-blinded
I nsurrectionists whose Chief insisted
T hat it was they who were in the right.
O nly now do we fully see the brilliant
L ight their heroism shone as trained thugs
P ressed against them,
O verwhelmed them.
L isten to her searing words:
“I t was carnage, it was
C haos…I wasn’t trained for warfare.”
E xcruciatingly, she detailed the horrors,
G raphically told of slipping in her fellows’ blood
A nd wiping clean their spray-pierced eyes til
V eils of spray descended on her own,
E xhausting her devoted care.
T his officer’s courage propelled
H er thrice to the front line.
E ven after a head
I njury and lost consciousness, she
R evisited the strange American battlefield.
A wed by this heroism in a cause so
L ittle prepared for and hard to fathom, I
L ament their suffering and celebrate their devotion.
*Image and story in the GEORGIA RECORDER: https://georgiarecorder.com/2022/06/10/capitol-police-officer-caroline-edwards-reminds-us-what-heroism-looks-like/