The death penalty

Like a middle manager
he sympathetically consults,
“There is really nothing
that I can do.”
This he smilingly says
as he pulls levers
and moves the gears
of the thousand ton machine.

“My hands are really tied”
and you would swear
a tear swells in the corner
of his aged lids.
His sad resignation
almost masks pudgy fingers
sliding and pushing buttons.

Brian Merrit, Evangelist and Founder of Mercy Junction of Chattanooga, and my friend, wrote this as he reflected on the impending execution of Kelly Gissendaner by the state of Georgia.


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