20090918

Forever Numb

by Salena Casha

I've always wondered what convicted serial killers and murderers think of as they're walking down death row. Do we consider them animals, easily euthanized and later forgotten? I twine my fingers into the lab's fur, my dog’s body inflating and deflating with each of his labored breaths. "I’m doing this because I love you," I whisper, trying to convince myself it will end his pain. The needle descends with precision, the instrument held tightly between the vet’s fingers. Innocence, such as this, has been lost before in search of self-justification.

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Salena Casha, author of Mind Tricks, is a freshman at Middlebury College intent on majoring in English. Her work has also appeared in Niteblade Magazine.

5 comments:

Daniel said...

I see a bright writing future for this freshman...

Carter said...

i'm likin' it

Erin Cole said...

Damn, this is powerful - loved that switch in the middle.

Pamila Payne said...

So painfully poignant and right on the mark for how it feels to go through that experience. Very well done.

quin browne said...

it reminds me of alisa heller's "island of lost pets" on the six ning site..

same sense of guilt over something that sometimes has to be done.