In New Hampshire — the death penalty falls

“From the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire, let freedom ring.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.

From the hilltops and seacoast and lakes,
from the busy streets of Manchester
to Dixville Notch,
first presidential vote in the nation …

from New Hampshire today,
let the death penalty fall.

From the wisdom of the House
and the deliberation of the Senate
to overcome the veto,
to people of every faith
who have vigilled and marched
and prayed in the streets,

and from the testimony
of the survivors of murder victims,
let the death penalty fall.

From the statistics about cost,
and undisputed knowledge
that execution is no deterrent,
to the stories
of those falsely convicted
and exonerated long after deaths,

and, yes, from the love
of the One who died on a cross,
using his last words for those
hanging beside him,
and those rolling dice below him,
let the death penalty fall.

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6 Responses to In New Hampshire — the death penalty falls

  1. Rev. Dr. LL DuBreuil says:

    God is good. It took us 9 years to accomplish abolition here in New Jersey. Know the struggle is worth it!

    • Maren says:

      I think it has been as long here. I moved to New Hampshire in ’93 and I know the NH council of Churches has been trying all that time.

  2. Amen and amen, with a lump in my throat.

  3. Maren says:

    It has been such a long time coming.

  4. Jessica McArdle says:

    The long-awaited fruit of years of advocacy. Beautifully expressed here. I thank you.

  5. Maren says:

    So many good good people.

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