Poetic Policing

You might wonder why I would compose a book of poetry so late in life. It is because I see poetry as a lifelong journey. It began with my teenaged years in and continues today. When I was a Marine in the South Pacific, I looked up into the sky one night, amidst the cosmos that surrounded me and said, “Yes, I feel this, and I need to write about it!”

This realization and the need to get in touch with my inner feelings continued through the years with one glaring exception. While I wrote poems about love, life, and social justice, my experiences as a police officer avoided my pen.

Writing poetry has been a way for me to feel, heal, and grow as a human person created in God’s image.

I pray you will also find healing and growth as I share these poems of reflection and remembrance with you.

Read some excerpts HERE.


Check the book out HERE on Amazon.com.

Ed. Note: For those of you in the Madison area, I will be giving a reading at the Room of One’s Own Bookstore at 315 West Gotham in Madison on Friday night, February 22nd at 6 pm. Stop by for conversation, treats and, perhaps, a signed book!


  1. Thanks for doing what you are doing.

    You are quite prolific!

    I have a project I’d love to share with you.At the very least you know it’s coming up May 2019 during National Police Week. The vision is is peace of mind for those who keep the peace.

    Keeping the Peace for the Peace Keepers – Legacy Productions

    | | | Keeping the Peace for the Peace Keepers… |

    Take care.

    Yours Sincerely,

    James Anthony Ellis Legacy Productions LegacyProductions.org (858) 518-5826


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