Monday, May 5, 2014

The Execution

43 minutes to die
writhing
injection site blown
poisons seeping
into soft tissue
leaking
in the groin
heart limp/lurching
on and -
someone
close that goddamn curtain!

something's wrong

43 minutes
to die

On April 29, the state of Oklahoma used an untested 3-drug cocktail to execute Clayton Lockett.  Something went wrong.  After struggling for life for 43 minutes (25 of those minutes behind a closed curtain), Lockett finally died of a massive heart attack.  At least, that's what we're told.

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14 comments:

gabrielle said...

Unconscionable. I am vehemently opposed to "capital punishment." But this incident goes beyond the pale. Thank you for giving voice to this atrocity and the larger issues surrounding it.

Kerry O'Connor said...

When I heard about this incident, I could not believe it had happened in a first world country. It is a shocker.

Kathryn said...

Your verse captures this screw up well.

Sylvia K said...

Unconscionable it is indeed!! You've captured it so well indeed!! I can only echo what the others have written!!

Björn Rudberg said...

If you come from Sweden like me.. the whole concept of capital punishment is wrong.. whatever the method.. I hope there will come an end to it.. what chills me most is the concept of revenge....

Colleen@Looseleafnotes said...

A chilling poem about a gruesome event. Let's hope it opens some eyes.

Kim Nelson said...

Horrendous. I have never understood any aspect of capital punishment.

Susan said...

Your poem brings home the horror of the slow death-gone-wrong capital punishment. Bravo. I am totally against capital punishment. I don't understand why the system keeps trying to find humane ways to kill when it could employ more people in sane ways to restore justice. And that goes doubly for war.

manicddaily said...

What is even worse-- I think, is that they had stopped the execution before he died, meaning that he basically had the heart attack due to the stress his body was out under and not clearly because of the poisons. Also, there had been a court appeal before saying that the drugs were untried and cruel and unusual. I've been wanting to write about this too but could not do nearly so good a job . Many thanks. K.

Susie Clevenger said...

So horrible...You have captured the atrocity so well.

grapeling said...

the veneer was worn thin, how now worn off, and raw savagery, hi-tech style, now rules. perhaps the best we can hope for is benevolent dictatorship. but I'm cynical. ~

Fireblossom said...

Let's not forget that the innocent teenager this man murdered had to watch her own grave being dug, and was shot twice while this man laughed about how tough she was before he buried her alive. He put himself on that table, and I have very little sympathy for him. That said, for the state to do something like this is different than an individual doing it. It can't happen. When it does, the state sinks to the same barbaric level as the criminals. 43 minutes is unbelievable. Just...the stuff of nightmares. I will be curious to know what the autopsy shows.

Jim said...

I'm not for the death penalty, Mom Z.
But since we do it, how will we test these drugs? I'd much rather screw up a convicted than any of the lesser 'dumb' animals.
That said, I'd rather halt all drug testing on animals rather than abolish the death penalty.
..

Lorraine Renaud said...

I'm against death penalty killing is killing...but hey why not try a knew way to torture someone before they die....and some mixed feelings in there I'd rather the Govt kills, like Jim said rather than testing drugs on animals...their love is pure, innocent and unconditional and I try to never ever use anything that has been tested on animals...
But what you wrote, is horrorfying