“GIVE US BACK OUR GALLOWS!”

Karl_Morgenschweis_prays_for_Franz_Strasser

“The first time the guillotine was used the Chronique de Paris reported that people complained they could not see anything and chanted, ‘Give us back our gallows.'”
-M. Foucault

The first condemned
To hang from the gallows

Was nurtured into bedlam
Like a stillborn.

As the body
Was escorted off stage

The gathered horde
Chanted,

“GIVE US BACK OUR GALLOWS!”

Blood lust surged within each hungry pulse
Igniting their throats to scorch the mantra.

“GIVE US BACK OUR GALLOWS!”

Traffic congregates through impromptu arrangements.
Inch
By
Inch-
I descend a ramp
Withdrawing
From the grocery store’s parking lot
Into traffic. I make eye contact
With a stationed pupil,
Awaiting a confirming gesture
To acknowledge my merge-
A hasty wave fulfills my greed.

As I pull forward
I witness the stationed pupil again-
And I hear the scorched mantra
Reverberating through the streets
As I drive on.

“GIVE US BACK OUR GALLOWS!”

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