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Death Row Dinner Plates

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Death Row Dinner Plates

Death Row Dinner Plates

Did you ever wonder what Ted Bundy ate
As his last meal – you no longer need wait
An artist is painting death row dinner plates
I found them today on the web

One inmate requested white meat KFC
Black walnut ice cream, pecan pie (sugar free)
Indian fry bread and milk it would be
I saw that today on the web

Another inmate, a meat lover’s delight
Ordered pound upon pound and a beer (make it light
And then he refused to take even a bite
I saw his plate there on the web

Some went for simple, an apple, some spam
A salad, some French fries, or just toast and jam
A lot of fast food, no one ordered lamb
Their plate’s pictured there on the web

John Wayne Gacy had shrimp, a dozen deep fried
A KFC bucket and French fries he cried
A whole pound of strawberries before he died
You can find it out there on the web

And as for Ted Bundy, he didn’t much care
So they gave him a steak cooked medium rare
Eggs over easy, hash-browns, toast and a pear
I found that today on the web

One point that I’m trying to make with this poem
Even on death row, you’re not eating alone
They note what you order and soon it is shown
On a plate that is sold on the web


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  1. Date: 2/6/2013 7:36:00 PM

    Hello Mike, and interesting poem..I did wonder at one time..what they really ate... and it is also amusing how good they get to eat..once we read about it,... and enjoyable poem..LINDA

  1. Date: 2/6/2013 2:56:00 PM

    It's amazing what you can find on the web. This is a very interesting, informative piece, Mike. Well done, Love, Kim

  1. Date: 2/6/2013 2:35:00 PM

    i actually read a story about this in the newspaper and thought it was pretty interesting. as usual, you've done a superb job of relating all the details in rhyme and i thoroughly enjoyed it!