Twenty-five Minutes To Go

They’re buildin’ the gallows outside my cell. 
I got 25 minutes to go. 

And in 25 minutes I’ll be in Hell. 
I got 24 minutes to go. 

Well, they give me some beans for my last meal. 
23 minutes to go. 

And you know… nobody asked me how I feel. 
I got 22 minutes to go. 

So, I wrote to the Gov’nor… the whole damned bunch. 
Ahhh… 21 minutes to go. 

And I call up the Mayor, and he’s out to lunch. 

I got 20 more minutes to go. 

Well, the Sheriff says, ‘Boy, I wanna watch you die’. 
19 minutes to go. 

I laugh in his face… and I spit in his eye. 
I got 18 minutes to go. 

Well…I call out to the Warden to hear my plea. 
17 minute to go. 

He says, ‘Call me back in a week or three. 
You’ve got 16 minutes to go.’ 

Well, my lawyer says he’s sorry he missed my case. 
Mmmm….15 minutes to go. 

Yeah, well if you’re so sorry, come up and take my place. 
I got 14 minutes to go. 

Well, now here comes the padre to save my soul 
With 13 minutes to go. 

And he’s talkin’ about burnin’, but I’m so damned cold. 
I got 12 more minutes to go. 

Now they’re testin’ the trap. It chills my spine. 
I got 11 minutes to go. 

‘Cuz the goddamned thing it works just fine. 
I got 10 more minutes to go. 

I’m waitin’ for the pardon… gonna set me free 
With 9 more minutes to go. 

But this ain’t the movies, so to hell with me. 
I got 8 more minutes to go. 

And now I’m climbin up the ladder with a scaffold peg 
With 7 more minutes to go. 

I’ve betta’ watch my step or else I’ll break my leg. 
I got 6 more minutes to go. 

Yeah… with my feet on the trap and my head in the noose… 
5 more minutes to go. 

Well, c’mon somethin’ and cut me loose. 
I got 4 more minutes to go. 

I can see the mountains. I see the sky. 
3 more minutes to go. 

And it’s too damned pretty for a man to die. 
i got 2 more minutes to go 

I can hear the buzzards… hear the crows. 
1 more minute to go. 

And now I’m swingin’ and here I gooooooooo…. 
Shel Silverstein

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  1. Wow. This poem is amazing. Thanks for sharing it here….
    How are you doing?
    Love, light and glitter E

    • Hi Eliza, I was moved by this poem when I read it. Glad you enjoyed it too. I’m doing okay. I’ve been in a Mental Health Clinic for the last five weeks and am finally going home tomorrow!! Thank goodness. I feel ready to go home now. I feel so much better and stronger than I have in a long time. I have CPTSD and Dissociative Identity Disorder and both were out of control. My psychiatrist changed my meds a bit and did some intensive EMDR so I feel ready to go back to my normal life again equipped to deal with what life has to throw at me. Thanks for asking. All the best to you. Hope you doing well. Erin xx

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