Twenty Three Stanzas for the Last 23 Minutes of Nate Woods’ Life

Donney Rose
Mar 7, 2020 - 6:15


The South is an open graveyard filled with Black bodies occupying an eternal residence for crimes they did not commit. An overcrowded mausoleum of names that could not be pardoned, because what is mercy in a land that trademarked what it meant to be merciless?


Nate Woods is now a memory in spite of evidence that suggests he should be present tense. Alabama found it easier to poison his blood rather than allow it to continue flowing. He is now initiated into the brotherhood of goodbye & we are left in sorrow...

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2 Replies to “Twenty Three Stanzas for the Last 23 Minutes of Nate Woods’ Life”

  1. This poem is powerful witness to the murderous abuse of power that stole the life of Nate Woods, an innocent man. And this poem is powerful witness to Nate Woods’ humanity and his precious life. Thank you for words that compel us to remember in rage and love what was done, so that we will keep working for true justice that puts an end to the hellish courtrooms of this country. Blessings.

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