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The Death Sentence

June 2, 2009
By Chris Shu BRONZE, Fort Lee, New Jersey
Chris Shu BRONZE, Fort Lee, New Jersey
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The pale light
is flickering.
He is sitting
on a mattress.

I can see the
blacks of
his eyes,
the whites—
his neon

He is bogeyman.

He's given
one last meal,
like Jesus,
but I'm wondering
why does he
deserve it?

Man of God,
is praying—
something he's
done too many
times before.
Is there really
salvation for

Soon I lead
him down the
Valley of

I see my
guilty hands
and know
the feeling
won’t fade.

The room
is bare, save a
cot, an

The witnesses
look on,
the show, but
the pain
of being.

I can see the
blacks of
his eyes,
the whites.

Now the elixir
is flowing. He
is still but why
am I even stiller?

I wonder if
I can ever be
God of Man.

The coroner
comes in and
scribbles on
a pad—the word

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Heavy and sharp.

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Favorite Quote:
"Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things." -T.S. Eliot

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on Sep. 6 2009 at 3:04 pm
LuckieMistake PLATINUM, Florence, Colorado
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Favorite Quote:
"What doesn't kill me only, will make me stronger in my head..." Papa Roach, Kick In The Teeth

whoa very deep yet awesome loved it