upon his execution

good night and good riddance to you sir
whose vicious, despicable act
has left us all told
just empty and cold
amazed by the conscience you lacked

good night and good riddance to evil
whose wanton infliction of pain
on innocence’s trust
reveals a blood lust
beyond all we thought inhumane

good night and good riddance for sorrow
whose shadow you cast over all
on family, on friend
on each you condemned
to memories none should recall

good night and good riddance for worry
whose presence will long linger here
in every new danger
presumed of a stranger
as we learn to cope with our fear

good night and good riddance to struggle
to choices you forced us to make
though just in our cause
our souls give us pause
to consider the life that we take

good night and good riddance, God save us
in killing the one who has slain
no losers, no winners
in some eyes, just sinners
but able to pass death on Cain.

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