Marc Olmsted

been there done that

“let’s do this
thing, warden,” 
said the death 
row convict 
ready for a shot,
his horrible crime’s ticket
down to a hot vacation,
at least not permanent 
like the Catholics say 
& hopefully not back to
press the button/throw
the switch on another 
or fret black beads
like the prison chaplain
or the warden himself 
numb and bespectacled 
waiting to retire 
or a watching bug on the wall 
or a haunting invisible spirit 
to say nothing 
of that little girl 
in the woods 
made suddenly aware 
that she’d never
be a princess

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