The Execution - Poem by Herbert Nehrlich
Someone said that Johnny Howard
is a godforsaken coward.
When the hangman pulls the switch
and the man drops in the ditch
Howard sits in Canberra
plans to buy his wife a bra.
Watches cricket and the news
aides are polishing his shoes.
Life goes on, he says to 'nette
someone wants to make a bet
over what in Changi Prison
might have, secretly arisen.
Never mind says Howard now
plucks a hair from his left brow.
Government in Singapore
knows the law, that is for sure.
Don't forget the rope is hemp
it withstands the humid temp,
Aussie workers made the thing
for both Changi and Sing Sing.
One more down will save some dough
hangman is a real pro.
As the convict falls at speed
(all the victims always peed)
axis bone goes in the brain
all the prayers now in vain.
Says the lawyer at the bench
'c'est la vie', (he's learning French) .
Never do they hold their breath
in the face of someone's death.
Human life can be expended,
all too soon it will be ended.
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