Positioned for the flogging, bending double,
Head to knees, hands to ankles grasp and firmly grip,
Exposed back sweats anticipation, ears awaiting
Swish! another crack of whip.
Bleeding from the wounds not self-inflicted
But not tied or tethered there by chains or cord,
Safety self-assured by strongly spoken,
Enough! Desist! Over! Similar word.
Pain received or given, if consenting, strange to me
Tho’ all kinds it takes to make this world to spin,
But inflicting same, in name of austere measures
While quaffing champagne, that to me, is sin.