Sentence

Outside,
a long grey morning lingers,
its slow light trickling
into the cell;
yawning awake and staring back
from an indifferent mirror,
a face dragged from
penultimate sleep,to shave
and breakfast then read a paper
whose pictures and words
soon crack and crumble
back into the slow
grey here and now;
Down a long corridor of noise,
a clock’s pitiless circumference
recites the rote of measured steps
toward a room where witnesses
leaf through butterfly-winged pages
of small neat Bibles,in anticipation
of the impartial,unhurried
Order of Service;
Valves,transparent tubing,leather restraints;
50mg.sodium thiopentol,to induce unconsciousness,
10mg.pencronium bromide,to stop respiration,
20mg.potassium chloride,to stop the heart;
Outside,the long grey morning lingers.

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  1. Louis Kasatkin Post author

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    The comment (by kelly bella):

    Either my mind went dead or you were very very clever! I thought from the title of a prisoner in jail… then I thought you were talking of a man feeling sentenced to his ordinary life… then I thought the man was a pastor having issues of faith… it wasn’t till you gave the recipe that I finally understood… FANTASTIC writing! I don’t mind being outfoxed by a master poet… As always, max pointage!

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    The comment (by Bogman):

    Damn fine writing! I gave it the max.

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