Monday, June 6, 2016

"Primer on Torture" by John Reinhart, Frequent Contributor



Primer on Torture
John Reinhart

First, loosen all the ropes,
position the subject,
then tighten the ropes, methodically,
until there is enough pressure
to get his attention –
it may be necessary to yank
on his tongue if the ropes
do not make the subject pliable enough –
steadily tighten each rope, firmly
with sights on the goal –
focus is vital here or the subject
will sense weakness.  Grab the tongue
tightly once all the ropes are secure
and finish off with a tight knot
to hold everything in place. Double
if the session is likely to go roughly
or last all day. No
extra tools are necessary
under normal circumstances,
though Velcro is a superb aid
when dealing with the very young
or very old – the same principles apply
in those cases, minus the ropes.

Poet's Notes:  My eldest child is just learning to tie his shoes--this after spending the last year or so tying knots in various string like things around the yard and house. "Be careful. That one's a Mattheus knot" is as frequent a warning as "Be careful. That one's a Lucien knot" as little brothers and big brothers carefully follow each other's latest developments. The difficulty in untying such a knot is much more dependent on what was used to make the knot rather than the knot tier's proficiency, though the knots themselves, in practical application, almost always stand the test of whatever needs to be pulled, hoisted, or attached. I keep scissors handy. Shoelaces are another matter. There's a formula, a schematic, a tried and true method passed down through the ages.


Editor’s Note:  I admit that I read (and liked!) this one simply as a satirical horror piece.  I'm glad that I did not grasp the shoe tying metaphor until after I read the poet's notes--that led to a nice surprise!
 

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