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The Executioner

”Have you tended the sword?”

I always crow before the rooster.

The edge must be cutting and shiny

when we head to the town square.

”We don't need the rope today

or the torture apparatus.”

Sword is a daily thing,

like a blade of grass between his lips,

but each time he mentions torture

he wants to look into your eyes.

”Son, now you are fifteen,

it's a good day to start.”

Father's sword weighs three kilos

and exceeds the reach of a meter.

His father carved the Virgin Mary

and mine kept on by writing:

”The Lord judges, I obey”

Let's see what I'll come up with.