Girardian Doubles

Editor’s Note: This poem was submitted by guest author Louis Brodnik.

when the need is held tight in the hand,

wrapped twice around the palm,

gripped in the hard fist of accusation,

the same rope bound around the vilified

draws taut the arm of his accuser

and swings from the gallows,

when the chute drops,

both the hangman and the hanged man,

one from the neck and one from the hand.


Image: Stock Photo: “Noose” from

Louis Brodnik  discovered Girard a few years ago. He is a recently-retired prosecuting attorney and a married father of 2. He lives in Cleveland, Ohio. 

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