Bloodletting

Carve it from my chest ~
Draw and quarter me
Taunt on the rack ~
Let me bleed out
A black stain on cold stone ~
Tie me to the stake
Kindling between my toes ~
Bring the flint
Buckets of kerosene
The hammer
Nails
A rusted blade ~
Gallows from oak
Eight coils on a hangman’s hitch
Let it swing ~
Sharpen the wood
Run me through ~
Leave me there
A warning at the gates ~
Reminder of penance
A price for the wretched hearted

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