Entry 20: Expire

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Expire

Expire

They are going to expire

Expire

Expire

They are going to expire

7 inmates on death row, the court vacates their stays

Asa says I have no choice

They will be killed within 11 days

The midozalam flows, from syringe through his vein

Jones gasps for air,

They say he’s not in any pain

Was Asa in the room when Jones was injected

Could he see through the mirror?

Did he feel disconnected?

Or did he turn out the lights and say a blessed little prayer

Perhaps he doesn’t know that

The truth speaks through our nightmares?

Expire

Expire

They are going to expire

Williams counts every minute, he is scheduled for Thursday

Will he ask for communion, or

Will he get a stay?

Genie decides to attend and witness Williams’ death

She lives 2 miles from prison

Will she watch and hold her breath?

When a loved one is lost, everything’s destroyed

But can killing another person

Ever fill that void?

Expire

Expire

They are going to expire

Expire

Expire

They are going to expire

7 lives, 11 days, the officers ask for reprieve

The load is too much, they say,

We’ll have no time to grieve

Why rush, why now, Governor, Citizens inquire.  

It’s the meds, he says, the meds

that are going to expire

The meds

The meds

Are going to expire

The meds

The meds

Are going to expire

Week 4: Cora

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Wine – red wine – on her teak table,

Kerrygold in her fridge,

White bathmats and Boogie boards

Mani-Pedis and flip flops.

Her passport was worn with takeoffs and landings

She relished everything about the journey

History, geography

Surfing or camping and lounging.

Her wig and bandana travelled with her

They would never hold her back

She traveled but was not lost,

She knew just where she was going

But she’ll never see the northern lights

I went on without her.

Left her at the hospital,

without a phone to call.

We were the lucky ones

she helped us find what was in our heart

Oh Cora, there was always a part

You saved just for us.

She will never know how much I miss her

How her big heart fit into the smallness of mine

She travelled but was not lost,

She knew just where she was going

Oh, she travelled but was never lost,

She knew just where she was going.