Sunday Poem: “Death Row”


It took 30 minutes

for an Alabama inmate

to die of a lethal injection.


In Oklahoma,

43 minutes.


Arizona halted executions

after the ordeal lasted

two hours.


They still search for the perfect drug.



fentanyl overdose deaths

spike across the country.


(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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