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Capital Punishment

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Below is the poem entitled Capital Punishment which was written by poet Stephen Kilmer. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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Capital Punishment

It’s raining hammers and nails
The storms are rusty
And hang in the sky
The pews are shadowed
And the apse is silent
Sinners are upon their knees
Darkness descends upon the day
A lantern swings in the storm
The executioner is hooded
Silent and cold
A shadow upon the Mother Mary
Jesus has nothing to say
The Holy Ghost is walking in circles
The door it gently sways
And through it he see’s
His mother and sister
Heads hung so low

His life is gray as steel 
He knows no future
Yet is certain of it
Death hovers in the air
Praying for a miracle
While strapped to a chair
The lightning strikes
And takes it toll
For the executioner has done his work
The lights went out 
And came back on 
But by then he was gone
The appointment was made
He paid the price
For killing twice
The third one was on the State.

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  1. Date: 9/16/2013 12:40:00 AM

    Apt sarcasm on the capital punishment, Stephen

    Kilmer Avatar Stephen Kilmer Date: 9/16/2013 5:30:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Dr. Mehta. As always I appreciate your comments. ~Kilmer
  1. Date: 9/15/2013 8:13:00 PM

    The irony in this is unbelievably stunning. You really captured the theme perfectly. Wow

    Kilmer Avatar Stephen Kilmer Date: 9/19/2013 4:56:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    check your soup mail.
    Kilmer Avatar Stephen Kilmer Date: 9/15/2013 8:25:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks for the kind words. I was hoping that this one might stir some deep emotions about capital punishment. As always you get it and I appreciate that greatly. ~Kilmer