“Acts Of Consideration”


I look at pictures

of execution chambers

in U.S. penitentiaries.


A bed, adjustable,

equipped with arm rests.

A mattress for softness,

clean sheets,

and a pillow for comfort.


Ceiling lights reflected

in a sparkling-clean floor.


Curtains on the windows;

a wall mounted clock;



and an air conditioner.


By the bed,

a set of syringes;

sterile, to prevent



(Editor’s note: poet Shai Ben-Shalom, an Israeli-born biologist, examines current events in the Blacklock’s tradition each and every Sunday)

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