jerry hughes

Veteran Poet - 1,344 Points (January 4,1931 / a citizen of the world)

Vale Ronald Ryan (Febuary 1976) - Poem by jerry hughes

Ronald Ryan was the last person hanged in Victoria.
Shortly after hanging was abolished in Australia.

The barbarism of the procedure,
worse than any Greek tragedy.
No, this wasn't theatre,
this was murder!

We hanged a man to satisfy
a drunken premier's whim.
Therefore the sin of omission
rests with him;
Not the man who pulled the lever.

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, January 30, 2010

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