The Last Supper

appears in  Tidal Basin Review Spring 2012 (pages 40-41)

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Some days I’m wishing for a date to come and some days
I’m not wishing for a date.  Now that it’s here,
I’m willing to accept it, you know.

4:00 p.m.:Two chicken fried steaks,
smothered in gravy with onions;
a triple bacon cheeseburger; cheese omelet
with hamburger meat, tomatoes, onions
and jalapeños?  Fried okra with ketchup;
a pound of BBQ with half a loaf
of white bread; fajitas and
Blue Bell homemade ice cream?
That’s a whole lot of food.

Lawrence Brewer does not eat any of it.

5:45 p.m.: We’re fixing to execute the guy and maybe it makes them feel good about what they’re fixing to do. Kind of hypocritical, you reckon?

The court having sentenced defendant
Lawrence Russell Brewer on the twenty fourth day
of September 1999, to be executed.

6:14 p.m.:Larry gave his family a cracked smile, a tear
barely come from his right eye. Lip trembled. A little old sleeping medicine, coughing, then snoring.

6:21 p.m.: Lawrence Russell Brewer is dead.

22 September: Effective immediately,
no special accommodations will be made.
They will receive the same meal served
to other offenders on the unit.

This will not be my last meal.

4:00 p.m.:The standard they call it: Grilled cheeseburgers, oven browned potatoes, baked beans, coleslaw, cookies, grape drink.
Troy Davis does not select nor eat the offering.

10:30 p.m.: You ready?

The court having sentenced defendant
Troy Anthony Davis on the third day
of September, 1991, to be executed.

Despite the situation you’re in, I’m not the one who killed your son,
your father, your brother. The incident that happened that night
is not my fault; I did not have a gun.  Look deeper into this case
so that you really can finally see the truth.

11:04 p.m.: He was blinking fast. Squeezed his eyes right tight.  They fluttered—the pentobarbital.  Looked sleep.

11:08 p.m.: Troy Anthony Davis is dead.

MacPhail’s son smiles.


2 thoughts on “The Last Supper

  1. These situations are hard…they’re futile…they don’t make much sense..and if it makes someone feel ‘good’ that ‘justice is served’ they need to look deeper in their souls for peace because they will ultimately find it won’t bring them what they THINK. As for ‘last meals’ that’s some stupid stuff they (the powers that be) cooked up to make THEMSELVES feel better, but it’s stupid and meaningless…go figure…how’d they get such positions??? Oh yeah – they gave it to themselves….they know who they are…


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