Dogs 2007

ILLUSION'S END
(10/16/07)


"you have
no authority
over me"

he told them
as they manacled
his wrists
and shackled
his ankles

"your
sorry excuse
of a country
did not even
exist
when I
was born"

they led him
from his cell
down a corridor
both light
and dark
in the same
shadow

"your laws
were written
by madmen
and fools

they are
badly penned lines
of an implausible
play"

the door
to the inner
courtyard
opened
and he was pushed
to the opposite
wall

"do you not
realize
that we are all
just men
none of us
able to decree
the mortality
of another?"

a hood
was placed
over his head
and his fetters
anchored
to a loop
of steel
sprouting
from the ground

"what
have I done
that could be
such a terrible
offense
deserving
death?

they are nothing
but paper
crimes"

his keepers
backed away
as the first
silent command
was given
to the
firing squad

"wake up
you idiots!

I am not
the enemy!

the true
criminals
speak your language
spinning lies
into truth
injecting them
into your ears
and eyes
with technology
none of you
are capable
of creating
or understanding"

rifle bolts
rammed home
cutting off
his complaints

"kill me
but know
that I have escaped
your petty
rule"

as the bullets
met explosively
at his chest
he thought

finally

something
real