killer’s release by Michael Peck

He was steely looking

eyes cold blue

had seen too much

given and received too much



He was seeking relief

sitting in a 90° corner

his back protected

with sculptured mud

upon his head

shaped like pharaohs hat


he thought the mud

would draw out his poison

like a bee sting

removing the graphic images

the meanness and discontent.


sitting silent

AK-47 across his knees

a militant monk of misery.


Finally, the treatment worked

drawing his spirit

from its cage

into the waiting attendants

of his own private hell.


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