For Robert Nelson Drew #755,
Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Executed August 2, 1994, Huntsville, TX
Take a star flower, Robert, and ride
its petals above the prison where they
killed you. Pick golden thread
and sew together your heart.
Pick the mayflower and let its white petals
blossom each year for what might
have been. Take the lady’s slippers and fit
them to your love—
dance Robert with your love
in her slippers and violet gown
out of metal doors and prison halls,
dance away from death.
Bob, I will look in your eyes
again as I did the night you died
and I will place iris petals in your chill hands.
You will blossom in spring from cold tubers.
Robert, grasp a star flower and fly in its petals
high over razor wire and prison walls,
fly far from this prison where no flowers bloom
to the woods you wandered as a boy,
rest there on the forest carpet
where spring flowers grow wild.