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I want to thank Robert, for taking part in this collaboration.  A wonderful poet and a great person to write with.  

I have mixed feelings in regards to the death penalty. Do we have the right to play God?

Also, is it not a bit hypocritical that the death penalty commits the same crime?

I can to a point understand when a person pleads guilty and shows no remorse for their actions.

But what about those who show remorse?  Those who do not plead guilty and die innocent. 

 

There is no justice killing in the name of justice, Desmond Tutu.

“The death penalty is not about whether people deserve to die for the crimes they commit. The real question of capital punishment in this country is, Do we deserve to kill?”

Bryan Stevenson

178 months, 129940 hours, now only 10 minutes remain. Sitting in cold eerie darkness, he observes the rhythm of water drops, slowly wipes away streams of sweat with his withered trembling hands. That aching fear, gnawing in his fevered brain, spasms of fear demanding flight yet none to be had, his inner soul asking why he had lost his way why had his sad life come to this? What lay in the caverns of darkness ahead! Wardens pace up and down like wolves, stopping to stare with compassion less eyes - smirking. Waiting for the clock to chimes 12 times, and to shout, 'dead man walking.' He sits savoring every last breath, rapidly repenting for all his past mistakes, deep inside he knows its too late for regrets. All his apologies fall upon deaf ears. Flashes past seen, his crimes, girls and drugs, what a blast! Pretty girls, each taking a slice, of his hoarded treasures and he indulging in theirs with total abandonment. O' glorious were those dead and ancient days! Then reality came back to bite and bite hard, saying, " such foolishness was a dream and soon comes Death"! Too hard to bear such truth, he rushes back into fleeting dreams. Suddenly cold, very cold he feels the deafening bleakness! Sees the finality in the concrete and iron bars holding him. Cries silently, what he wouldn't give for another day, another dawn out in sunshine and fresh air! Then reality and Fate both spoke to him saying, " Tho' you a doomed man, meet thy death as a brave one." Each heart beat beats with each ticking second. He clutches his worn bible, readying himself for what lies ahead, anxiously contemplating if he is worthy of redemption. Rocking back and forth, unable to control floods of tears, his thoughts are disturbed with a truncheon rattling his cell's bars, and the dreaded final summoning of his name. Wolves smile with sly eyes, as the stench of death fills the air. Fellow inmates turn their faces to the ground. He savours every step, he knows they are his last. God is no longer the master of his condemned fate. He knows he can't erase the crimes of his past, but takes solace, feeling his crimes were not premeditated, but now he must face the hypocrisy of his own premature death. Silent One collaboration with Robert Lindley 17 December 2017

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Date: 12/24/2018 6:16:00 AM
Hi Silent, you have both created a masterpiece in poetic suspense. This is a piece of poetry that did hold me spellbound. The emotions of the condemned are real. Such vivid imagery. Two brilliant poets come together and a masterpiece of suspense is born. have a wonderful Christmas Eve. your friend always....Mike.
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Date: 12/24/2017 7:38:00 AM
A deep collaboration, Silent One and Robert:)
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Date: 12/22/2017 8:32:00 PM
This is very powerful. Amazing what you and Robert did when you put your two minds together! I have mixed feelings on this myself. I'd like to see the really bad criminals all put on some island that it's impossible to escape from and let them come up with their OWN justice system.I just hate when innocent men take the rap for another's crime.
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Date: 12/22/2017 7:59:00 PM
Very deep collab poem, SO. You and Robert penned an emotional classic. This poem had me riveted from its 178 months 129940 hours to its premature death. Exquisite poetry elegantly written. A fave for sure. Powerful prose inked by you two talented poets of truth. Pure poetry divine. Love and joy always.
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Date: 12/20/2017 4:44:00 PM
No human being has the right to take another human's life (no matter what the crime/how heinous the crime). The final judgement and punishment by death, is not ours to make. By taking that law into our own hands, we become the murderer and so, the crime, the evil perpetuates. This is not our final decision on another's life to make. I do not condone the Death Penalty. An emotion felt collaboration of a poem, worthy of reading again and comprehending the importance of Life.
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Date: 12/20/2017 11:28:00 AM
Wonderful collaboration, beautifully written. Very reminiscent of Oscar Wilde's The Ballad of Reading Gaol, excellent company...
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Date: 12/20/2017 6:01:00 AM
A subject matter that lies in shades of grey between what some see as only black or white which you and dear Robert have so brilliantly conveyed. Sincerely, Elaine
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Date: 12/18/2017 11:46:00 PM
A genius poem given to us by two genius poets. You two took this topic and added so much thought and flavor and wonder. Awesome. Awesome write you two.
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Date: 12/18/2017 7:09:00 PM
Silent one & Robert, thank you for this powerfully written and excellent poem. You encapsulated the quandary of the death penalty, and the question it raises. Everyone should have the right to repent and reach out to our Lord for forgiveness and mercy.
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Date: 12/18/2017 5:02:00 PM
A brilliant and powerful collaboration Silent One and Robert. Your write is contemplative and emotionally eloquent in its portrayal of a condemned man. A poem that I felt rather than read, this write touched me deeply, my heart an soul. Heartrending!
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Date: 12/18/2017 12:36:00 PM
it is a subject which bears great contemplation before reaching one's opinion and your eerie portrayal should prompt some to think twice! Very well done
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Date: 12/18/2017 9:06:00 AM
Hi Silent, You and Robert did well on a topic that most shy away from. I have mixed feeling about the death penalty , some of them are expressed in this well written piece. Excellent job- Alexis
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Date: 12/18/2017 8:54:00 AM
You and Robert did a tremendous job with a difficult subject.i’m impressed.
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Date: 12/18/2017 5:45:00 AM
You have touched one of the thorniest social and moral problems of our time: To kill or not to kill a killer! Such an insight in the psyche of the person facing death i have not found! So deep, so detailed, so live! I have to congratulate both of you dear S.O. and dear, Robert for this superb poem! You deserve every honor that our site can bestow upon you! I nominate you for POTW and POTD! Good luck!
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Date: 12/17/2017 9:15:00 PM
You two WOW me, I'm blown away!
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Date: 12/17/2017 8:21:00 PM
The late and great Indian leader, Mahatma Gandhi, once said, “An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind.” With my Buddhist beliefs I have no mixed feelings on the Death Penalty. It should be abolished. There comes a time for repentance in every human, and every human should be given that chance. Who are we to play God?
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Maria Williams
Date: 12/17/2017 8:25:00 PM
Reminds me of Alanis Morissette’s 1995 hit “Ironic”, she sings the verse “…it’s a death row pardon two minutes too late.” And the movie that I love/hate Green Mile where a corrupt judicial system came into play. Still exists I feel.That being said you two poets have done an amazing job of this unusual and controversial topic. Bravo.....Maria
Date: 12/17/2017 1:25:00 PM
Blown away! I've often pondered this same question myself and there are no real concrete answers for me. I know it sounds harsh, but if my daughter was an innocent victim, I would want immediate termination of the guilty party (if there is no question of guilt) HOWEVER, given time like they do on death row, I know in my heart that there would be too much time pass and I would fear that I would forgive. Such deep thought this collaboration has evoked. I was unprepared for it.
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Rhoda Tripp
Date: 12/17/2017 1:27:00 PM
And also I note after rereading my comment that I was unable to term it "death", rather "termination" because I'm a bit of a lovable coward.
Date: 12/17/2017 10:32:00 AM
Love the imagery it's amazing , Silent One & Robert. Hugs Eve
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Date: 12/17/2017 10:11:00 AM
An amazing collaboration by two great poets!!! Truly brilliant when one can write with such intensity about a situation and emotions never experienced.
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Date: 12/17/2017 9:25:00 AM
Thank you my friend. Always a pleasure to write with you and learn. This one being about such an important subject as is the death penalty, I felt it was an opportunity that I could not pass up joining you in giving thoughts(verses) on. I hope this collaboration gives the readers cause to ponder this important subject....
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Silent One
Date: 12/17/2017 9:26:00 AM
Always a great pleasure collaborating with you Robert, it is always so easy and enjoyable to write with you.. This is evident from all the collabs with other poets.. Thank you..
Date: 12/17/2017 9:21:00 AM
A very powerful thought provoking poignant write~congrats to both of you on tackling such a controversial subject! Awesome!~Che :)
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Silent One
Date: 12/17/2017 9:22:00 AM
Thank you Che..
Date: 12/17/2017 8:02:00 AM
Stunning, fearful!!!
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Silent One
Date: 12/17/2017 9:22:00 AM
Thank you..
Date: 12/17/2017 7:21:00 AM
A stunning depiction... emotional discourse of a condemned man. A slow motion progression of dying man's feelings--well done Silent One and Robert!
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Silent One
Date: 12/17/2017 9:20:00 AM
Thank you Vijay, it is a difficult subject..
Date: 12/17/2017 7:10:00 AM
An outstanding poem on a sensitive topic by two natural poets...Thank you, is all I can say...I enjoyed this one...give my regards to Robert... All the best to both
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Silent One
Date: 12/17/2017 9:20:00 AM
Thank you Arturo.. Please have a look at his, when he posts it..
Date: 12/17/2017 6:47:00 AM
SO, congrats to you and Robert for bringing light to this deeply controversial moral issue, it will cause many to search their souls a bit. Nicely penned. John
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Silent One
Date: 12/17/2017 9:19:00 AM
Thank you John..
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