Vengeance is Mine

Contributor: Stephen V. Ramey

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It was on the anniversary of my son's death that I set out to right the wrongs in this world. I freed prisoners wrongly convicted like my son, for justice is the heat that burns my arteries. I shot the payday loan shark who collected interest on his interest, for fairness is the blue that floods my veins. I tore out the tongue of the liar who turned on him at trial, for truth is the beating heart that fuels a man.

And now I lay myself upon Your mercy, Lord. Is it truly wrong, what I have done, what I mean to do? One bullet in the chamber, one wrongdoer left unresolved. Please, Lord, tell me that this is not a sin. Did You not see Your only son unjustly crucified? Did he not weep and beg you to intervene?

Here, I'll spin the cylinder. Now it's truly up to You.

Click.

Click.

Click.


Please, God, show me a sign. Anyth--


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I live in beautiful New Castle, Pennsylvania and my work has appeared in various places, including Apocrypha and Abstractions, Prick of the Spindle, Gone Lawn, and others.
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2 Responses to this post

  1. gkadams on August 23, 2014 at 7:03 AM

    Compact, powerful. Well done, Mr. Ramey.

  2. Cezarija Abartis on September 8, 2014 at 6:05 PM

    The narrator is wonderfully conflicted and pained. Well done.

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