Read Poem: HANGMAN, by Kevin Short

HANGMAN, HANGMAN, HANG IN LOOSE
I GOT NOOSE FOR YOU
I’M NOT GONNA DIE TODAY
SO, NOW WHATCHA GONNA DO?
AND HE GRABBED MY LEGS
HE STABBED MY CHEST
HE TRIED TO KILL ME
WITH A BOY SCOUT KNIFE
BUT WHEN I SHOUTED AKELA
HIS FACE GREW PALER
HE TRIED TO TAKE HIS OWN LIFE, I SAID
HANGMAN, HANGMAN, HANG IN LOOSE
I GOT NOOSE FOR YOU
YOU’RE NOT GONNA DIE TODAY
SO, NOW WHATCHA GONNA DO? HE SAID
WELL, SOMEONE’S GOT TO DIE
SOMEONE’S GOT TO DIE
THE CROWD ARE GETTING RESTLESS
THEY’RE HERE TO HEAR A DEATH WISH
SO, IT’S YOU OR I
AN EYE FOR AN EYE
BUT SOMEONE’S GOT TO DIE
I SAID, WHAT DID I DO?
HE SAID, BOY, YOU KILLED
I SAID, SO DO YOU
HE SAID, BOY, I’M SKILLED. I SAID
HANGMAN, HANGMAN, HANG IN LOOSE
I GOT NOOSE FOR YOU
GOD HAS TOLD ME I’M INNOCENT
SO, NOW WHATCHA GONNA DO?
AND HE CALLED FOR GOD
AND GOD HE CAME
AND AS HE DID
IT STARTED TO RAIN
AND THE CROWD DISPERSED
THEY WENT TWO BY TWO
AND GOD CAME DOWN, AND SAID
HERE’S WHAT WE’LL DO, HE SAID
HANGMAN, HANGMAN, HANG IN LOOSE
I GOT NOOSE FOR YOU
THE REST OF THE WORLD’S ON NOAH’S ARK
SO, NOW WHATCHA GONNA DO?
AND I SAID, WHAT ABOUT ME?
HE SAID, YOU’RE MY SON
I SAID, YOU REALLY MEAN I’M THE CHOSEN ONE?
HE SAID, YES, YOU ARE, SO GET INSIDE
COS TOMORROW MORNING
YOU’LL BE CRUCIFIED
WELL, SOMEONE’S GOT TO DIE
SOMEONE’S GOT TO DIE
THE CROWD ARE GETTING RESTLESS
THEY’RE HERE TO HEAR A DEATH WISH
SO, IT’S YOU OR I
AN EYE FOR AN EYE, BUT
SOMEONE HAS GOT TO DIE.

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