To the Innocent

For Troy Davis

by Ethel Mortenson Davis

I hope you are
in a place
where there is justice,

where there is love
unconditionally,
the end

where young men
no longer are lynched
by ropes,
or the machinations of killers,

where there is light
and not the suffocating,
ethered mud,

a place where you will
rise above humanness.

I hope you are in a place
called Justice,
a place that will never be named
Georgia.

3 Comments

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3 responses to “To the Innocent

  1. Thank you for speaking for Troy Davis, wherever he may be…

  2. I wish no one ever had to write this poem. I want the death penalty to disappear -especially in cases like this where guilt was never successfully proved. A good poem for a very sad occasion,

  3. Better to abolish the death penalty and, yes, allow the guilty to “get away” than ever, ever execute one innocent human being…

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