Food for the chair

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

Food for the chair


They sat him down and they buckled him in,

they soaked the sponge beneath the tin,

they checked the wires and armed the switch,

he did not flinch.

not a single twitch.

the lightning surged,

the current raced,

it snatched his breath from lifes embrace,

what did he do?

we did not care,

he was just food for the chair.

Submitted: August 27, 2012

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More of the same as the Tyburn Jig, my responce is the same. To be ashamed of how we treat another human being. And you are right to say we don't know the story behind the event or even care or question it.

Another well penned social statement.


Wed, August 29th, 2012 6:50am


It was once said that “Not only must Justice be done; it must also be seen to be done”, however as far as I can see the systems goal is simply for it to seem! to have been done.
thank you for the comment Dibs

Wed, August 29th, 2012 4:32am


Great last line, and thoughtful as well. Altogether well written.

Mon, March 18th, 2013 12:23am


it does rather sum it up, thank you
and thanks for taking the time to read and comment

Mon, March 18th, 2013 1:40pm


The last line gave it an amazing ending. I've realized that your poetry sounds beautiful when read aloud, and not all people can make their words flow in both ways. You have really inspired me with your last couple writings(:

Fri, June 21st, 2013 8:30pm


Thank you for your kind comments Brianna, I’m glad you liked it. Being told that you have inspired someone is surely amongst the greatest of compliments one can receive. Luke

Sat, June 22nd, 2013 3:32pm


You certainly don't shy away from difficult subjects.
This is very well written,not a word too many.
I like your style of writing Luke.

Sun, October 6th, 2013 11:17am


Thank you very much Dee, I try to find a good balance – it is all too easy to go overboard or sound pretentious I find. Luke

Sun, October 6th, 2013 10:38am

D. Thurmond aka JEF

Another well written poem.

Tue, February 23rd, 2016 7:38pm

D. Thurmond aka JEF

Wow, great ending line.

Fri, August 9th, 2019 5:05pm

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