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The Death Row Sentiments of a Mother

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The Death Row Sentiments of a Mother

(Dictated in the final moments to her son)
(She speaks to her executionists in between her sentiments)  

I smashed my bare knuckles upon your painted truths
“No, no visitors.” 
Understanding the recklessness of your youth

I went to prison just so you wouldn’t go
“No, no H2O.”
You couldn’t take it, didn’t I tell you so?

At fourteen, you killed three, then gave me the gun
“No, no club soda.”
I put my fingers over yours, everyone   

Knowing your sugar coatings would crack apart
“No, no clergymen.”
I covered all your explanations with my heart 

I found rivers that held your tears of regret
“No, no family.” 
Flowing like loans from someone like me, in debt  

Many times I caught you before you hit ground
“No, no Mickey D’s.”
Supported you; every time you turned around

Whether right or wrong, I swore I’d pay the price
“No, no magazine.”   
I defended you, I was your sacrifice 

I saved you from a curse, of living peril
“No, no Psalms prayer.”
Dodging bullets from drive by gangs in feral

Hearts always have ability to forgive
“No, no cell phone calls.”
Whatever torture you chose, was mine to live

I forgive you, for not visiting, I swear
“No, I am guilty.”
Love your Mother, the final time, from “the Chair.”

~~~~Submitted for the contest... "Love and Forgiveness” sponsored by Jim Fish~~~~

Copyright © Sandra Hudson

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  1. Date: 7/31/2009 8:08:00 AM
    This is just brillant, Sandra. Don't think I've seen another like it here at the Soup ... haven't checked to see how you did in the contest but this is definitely a winner !!

  1. Date: 6/29/2009 6:24:00 PM
    Omg this poem is breath takeing

  1. Date: 6/14/2009 5:31:00 AM
    Terrific write for the contest, good luck Sandra>>James

  1. Date: 6/12/2009 8:11:00 AM
    best wishes in the contest. theres no doubt this piece will do well. -love and peace:james

  1. Date: 6/11/2009 2:03:00 PM
    All clear! ;) keep up the great thought provoking writes! Light & Love

  1. Date: 6/10/2009 6:13:00 PM
    Aww, sending some hugs your way. Chicken soup, snuggle under the covers, watch a good movie, float away to la la land. (Hoping it is not the nasty bug I had - bleck). Feel better sweet friend. Love your way, Shar xoxo

  1. Date: 6/10/2009 4:06:00 PM
    powerful concept very powerful...who is speaking? writing is confusing...who is the murderer ...mother or son? Let me know soup mail me. Light & Love

  1. Date: 6/9/2009 9:41:00 AM
    Wow. Powerful story and emotion here. Exceptional write. Good luck, that I don't believe you'll be needing. Love, Shar

  1. Date: 6/9/2009 9:30:00 AM
    A very profound, excellent write, Sandra! You certainly paint a vivid picture of this woman with your words. Love, carolyn

  1. Date: 6/9/2009 7:18:00 AM
    Hmm, passionate and emotional, absolutely amazing. the whole essence of man's imperfection is love and... forgiveness. i love this piece and the message. great you!

  1. Date: 6/9/2009 5:50:00 AM
    This is powerful Sandra...from the opening to the end you delivered the emotions very well..the poem speaks with power and force and makes me hold on to every word....the last three lines are very sad..good writing and best of wishes.