Joe's Bad Day

~Joe's Bad Day~


The botched execution
troubled Joe as he drove home. He knew

his error caused the condemned to

catch fire and bleed from every orifice

as he twitched and died

in the electric chair. Reporters,

and other witnesses,

saw the whole thing.

It wasn't pretty.


Joe told himself
he would do a better job
next time, then,

as he pulled up to his house, 

he cussed, remembering

he was supposed to stop

for milk and bread.


D. B. Tompsett




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I like this.  I like it a

I like this.  I like it a lot!  The understated voice is perfectly deployed in this poem.