"What do you plan to do with your one, wild, precious life?" -Mary Oliver

Friday, September 23, 2011

He Lost A Foot

and then a hand for a loaf of bread for another man’s crime.
He’ll hang by the neck; he’ll cook in a chair,
he’ll take the needle from an unsteady hand.
We’ll ogle and cheer the final throes,
proclaim our dominion and safe secure shores,
then tape shut his eyes and lock all our doors.


If you have a flash for Friday you can tell in 55 words, post it and then tell the G-Man where it is.

28 comments:

Jon Paul said...

Loved the last line of this one. It felt like a cell door slamming shut.

Thanks for sharing it. :D

Pearl said...

Wow. Ain't that the truth!

Very enjoyable.

Pearl

Brian Miller said...

dang...powerful write...tape shutthe eyes and lock the doors in particular...great 55

Frances Garrood said...

Really chilling, Yvonne. I'm not the only one with the death penalty on my mind!

Monkey Man said...

Chilling in many ways. Great 55.

Eric 'Bubba' Alder said...

In the end, people will still be afraid. Interesting 55.

Morning said...

This gives me goosebumps.

very spooky imagery,
beautiful 55 in a sad sense.

Doctor FTSE said...

Very timely, in view of the state murder of Troy Davies.
Great write.

G-Man said...

Yvonne...
Dang we've missed you!
You always have have something powerful, insightful, and splendid to write about.
Loved your 55 My Friend.
Don't be such a stranger.
Thanks for playing, and have a Kick Ass Week-End

Mama Zen said...

Brilliant!

Anthony Duce said...

Wonderfully put… The punishment so many ways. The proof usually wanting.

Margaret said...

The death penalty doesn't make the world safer, as crime continues. Whether one agrees with the dp or not, the sentiment of a man being punished unjustly is everyone's fear.

Pet said...

The insurmountable beauty of poetry will always be its ability to become the last refuge of the unspeakable truth before despair.

gautami tripathy said...

Powerful...

divisive

Sarah Wedgbrow said...

oh. my. gods. This scares the bleep out of me!
you're so good at these (I tell you every time, I must be set on repeat).

Yvonne Osborne said...

Thanks everyone. I'm busy responding to you individually on your blog. And G-Man....thank you. I will be around more this winter. I promise.

Suzanne Casamento said...

Wow. Heavy and beautiful.

Yvonne Osborne said...

Suzanne,
Thank you so much.

Sarah Allen said...

Wow...this is fantastic! So apt given current events as well...

Sarah Allen
(my creative writing blog)

Liza said...

Oh gosh...I'm just catching up on my blog reading. This is such a powerful statement. I'm almost glad I didn't read it last week, the frustration is almost palpable.

Yvonne Osborne said...

Sarah,
Thank you so much!

Liza,
Thanks! I'm glad you like it.

Theresa Milstein said...

Nice Flash Friday piece.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Only fifty-five words? Impressive!

Jannie Funster said...

Ooo, that is good writing. Freaking good.

And Yvonne, YOUR sidebar button on my humble site will appear second-next. It's time!!

Yvonne Osborne said...

Theresa,
Thank you.

Alex,
I've found Flash Fridays to be a good exercise for me. Amazing what can be said in 55 words. Thank you for commenting.

Jannie
Thank you. You're putting me on your sidebar? Wow....thanks!!

Paul Greci said...

Nice!! Very specific imagery!!

Nessa said...

Such final and irreversible punishments are a crime.

Yvonne Osborne said...

Paul,
Thank you. Appreciate the comment!

Nessa,
That is the real crime, isn't it? And repeated far too often in this country. I think it's barbaric and shameful. Thanks for commenting.