“Revenge Killing” Poem by Todd Matson

She killed him
in dead of winter
in a dirt parking lot
covered with filthy snow
after he abused, stalked
and terrorized her for years.
She finally confessed.
She gave him what he deserved,
hit him over the head with a snow shovel,
dug a hole in the parking lot six feet deep,
buried him alive.
this never happened.
It’s impossible to dig a hole six feet deep
in frozen dirt with a snow shovel.

Todd Matson is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  He has written poetry for The Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling and has been published in Vital Christianity.  He has also written lyrics for songs recorded by a number of contemporary Christian music artists, including the Gaither Vocal Band. 

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