when we returned from the hanging

when we returned from the hanging
we were giddy with bile and with blood
at last the rascals had met their fate
the triumph of justice & good
we screamed out our rage as they pleaded
we laughed at their piteous cries
we cheered as we watched their dangling feet
and rejoiced as each one of them died
we staggered home drunk with our righteousness
and stared as we opened the doors
the hangman’s men had raided our homes
and emptied out all of our stores

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