I Want To Live!

Written for:  Poetic Bloomings2 – For Your Consideration:  P(l)ay It Forward
Instead of writing a person’s regression in a past life, write the progression (future life) of that character.

Yes, I was caught . . . you might say I was caught up in a web.
I am not saying I was a good girl. Liked my drinks and cigarettes,
hung around with some shady sorts. Put me in a club, baby, and
turn on that jazz or blues. I was electric.

Murder is murder though. Prison was hopelessness, hatefulness, and
harmfulness. Lawyers who believed in me did their best, rest were
indifferent. A woman on death row? Intriguing to your average
citizens, filled with bloodlust themselves, living vicariously
through me.

So, there I sat, clock ticking, last meal served. My nerves
were as taut as guitar strings. Priest did his thing. Phone
did not ring. I don’t want to die. Now, they hold me up
in the hallway for my last walk. Saw the chair. And then,
the phone rang. New evidence. Miracle discovery. I was
free! I had a shiny-penny new chance. I went back to school.
Became a teacher. My students are precious pearls. I met
someone, also a teacher. We are dating, cautiously. I never
want to think of my old life again. I just want to live.

(based on the film, I Want To Live, with Susan Hayward portraying
the life of Barbara Graham, true story.)


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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