It all began when they took me from my home
And put me on Death Row,
A crime for which I am totally innocent, you know.
And I'll say it again, I'm not afraid to die.

I began to warm and chill
To objects and their fields,
A ragged cup, a twisted mop
The face of Jesus in my soup
Those sinister dinner meals
The meal trolley's wicked wheels
A hooked bone rising from my food
All things either good or ungood.

And the mercy seat is waiting
And I think my head is burning
And in a way I'm yearning
To be done with all this measuring of truth.
An eye for an eye
A tooth for a tooth...


Life isn't all peaches and cream, though sometimes I wish it was.

Something is quite wrong with our justice system today. Whenever I think about it I get so worked up and I can't describe how I feel. When I look at events in the news, I see things going in circles with little sign of progress. I hope someday that this will change.


erica said...

thanks for posting about this, julia. there seem to be a lot of things wrong with the justice system, not to mention politics in general, these days. i get chills down my spine just thinking about it.

julia / rennes said...

Thanks Erica - sometimes I think so hard about things like this & it's hard to know where to put those thoughts & sometimes I worry if I wrote what I really think about so many things I would loose all my readers, haha - I don't usually post them because I try to keep my opinions away from my work - but heck, sometimes it's hard to not talk politics - as you said, it all gives me the chills.

Jane said...

An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind :(

Jennifer said...

A very sensitively-written post on a difficult subject. I have mixed feelings about such a final justice but am 100 percent against it when there is such a screamingly large doubt of guilt. Let us not forget as we go forward, let him not have died completely in vain.

valerie said...

I admire your courage in posting your thoughts about matters other than your work and what's pretty, J. My guess is that most of your readers do too, even if they might not agree. Just a hunch.

This is such an upsetting event. Part of what gets me is that while it is perhaps doubly tragic that Troy Davis may have been innocent, he should not have been executed, regardless.

julia / rennes said...

Jane - Too true! :(

Jennifer - I feel like it's so hard to not have mixed feelings about such a tricky issue - it's assumed that everything is black or white when there is so much grey in between. I just hope things change for the better soon.

Valerie - Thank you - I try hard to find a balance here, it's hard, especially with more and more business minded folks perusing about. In some ways I think I've lost myself along the way; I miss when saying "I made this" meant hand-made instead of now when saying "I made this" indicates a trend. I hope that makes sense - I probably shouldn't be trying to articulate thoughts at 11:30! My brain shuts off at 8 usually...

This specific execution has been a wake up call to me - I'm not sure what to do about it yet, but I suppose the best start is bringing awareness. It's such a tragedy - all executions are - but as you said, even more so that he may have been innocent.