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Sunday, August 21, 2011


by Maria del Fabro

Damien Echols
Jason Baldwin and
Jessie Miskelly
they say you sodomized
cub scouts
in Robin Hood Hills

Guilty without DNA
Your lives plundered in solitary
Beneath the  willow in Jonesboro
your years lie buried under
whispers of satanic verse
and shouts of baby killer

Arkansas gnawed your youth
down to the bone
spit out the fat and left you
to rot like fawns dead on the road

Tonight your dreams born along the
Arkansas River
float free of the prison bars
The pies hot from the oven

She irons the sheets

Maria del Fabro is a clinical social worker in private practice. She has had several poems published over the years. The most recent were written in translation and published in Carpe Articulum