REFLECTIONS OF THE OHIO PENITENTIARY CONFLAGRATION

OF 1930, NUMBER 4: UNMARKED GRAVES

by Paul David Adkins

The graves of most, unmarked,

as if peopled beneath the mown lawn

of the Governor's Mansion:

grass and grass and grass patted

to gentle hills

by God's enormous Hand.

Who had the money for a stone in 1930?

The condemned are lain face down.

Not even a pyramid of gravel,

and eye to guard.

ABOUT PAUL

Paul David Adkins lives in NY. He served in the US Army from 1991-2013. Most recently, he earned a MA in Writing and The Oral Tradition from The Graduate Institute, Bethany, CT. He spends his days either counseling soldiers or teaching college students in a NY state correctional institute.