[lit-ideas] The Reckoning

  • From: Lawrence Helm <lawrencehelm@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: Lit-Ideas <lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 3 Sep 2015 15:42:55 -0700



We ran as long as we could –
Thought to thought thinking
Whether to eat this, run some
More, listen to someone different.
But being guilty we knew there
Must come a day when the
Executioner would appear.

He placed the mask over her face,
Turned on the oxygen and told us
To wait, “Just a few days”;
She must endure it. There
Would be no reprieve. We
Knew it. She took it without
A whimper, and walked out

Proudly before them. She
Threw off her mask to
Stand with an amused look. A
Cigarette dangled from her lips;
She gave me a wink.
“Everything’s okay,” were her
Last words. “Everyone does it.”

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