“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;

mirror;

heater;

and an air conditioner.

 

By the bed,

a set of syringes;

sterile, to prevent

infection.

 

(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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