It Is Up to You

Waiting is a kind of praying

or a kind of jailing and both

can happen at the same time

because you are the priest and

the altar is built with your

labor and you are the jailer

and you hold the key and no

matter what happens today,

the benediction or incarceration,

communion or execution,

transubstantiation or exoneration,

is in your hands, held together

in prayer or open with the gift

of forgiveness or knotted in

anger or pushing the blessing

away. It is up to you to say

exactly what will happen today.

A Book Club on Death Row
And Then All of A Sudden