|image: Lee Friedlander, 1966|
No ‘elp now
The hour has come, the clock has struck
Officials are gathered with clipboard and stop-watches
Photographers are near to record the event
For posterity, should posterity care.
He’s bleeding already, the noose has a shadow
The axeman’s hood and the firing squad’s hole:
All present, correct, in accordance with law
The grin is anomalous, soon to be shorn.
These grim lines are in response to a prompt from Tess at Magpie Tales. An antidote to too much saccharine, perhaps. More sweetness can be found here.