Poem: 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



By Shai Ben-Shalom

Back to Top