In 1934, Walter Dittman of Illinois was convicted of murder and sentenced to death by electric chair. Before his execution, he wrote this poem which he titled “The Chair of Death”. It also served as his last words:
I see it grimly waiting patiently for me,
To send me as its victim into eternity.
Not a whit or bit of mercy does it show for man or beast.
Its only song is, “Die, you dog, for your slide to hell is greased.”
It’s not the thought that I’m to die that makes me want to pray.
It’s because I’ll not be there, my own, to wipe your tears away.
God knows, and so do you, that I never slew nor stole,
And though the whole world’s turned against me,
He’ll have mercy on my soul.
Reference (Click to Show)
Elder, Robert K. (2010). Last Words of the Executed.