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Bad chester ryan

after taking his sweet time
nibbling at his last meal
he smoked a cigarette
despite quitting years ago
and he listened absently
as the preacher tried hard
to console him with passages
from the Bible he never read
and telling Bad Chester Ryan
If you believe you'll be saved
but Ryan believes he's beyond
the pale and hope is a tiny thing
that will burn with him
in that chair and after this
he can rest his murdering bones
under deep ground where
he can't hurt another living soul
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Submitted on May 01, 2011

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A retired teacher and compulsive writer, I ply the writing craft daily, composing poems, stories, articles, blogs, and letters.My book, A Family of Sicilians...is available right here at http://stores.lulu.com/ButtaciPublishing2008Also there is a chapbook for English teachers who need help teaching poetry. It's called Painless Poetry.and another book of mine, a collection of 164 short-short stories, Flashing My Shorts, is availableFROM AMAZON.COM at   http://tinyurl.com/26u8huk OR KINDLE EDITION  at  http://tinyurl.com/2f369weI live in West Virginia with the love of my life, my wife Sharon. more…

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