Hanged by the Neck

Original Text: 
F.R. Scott, F.R. Scott: Selected Poems (Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1966): 73.
1When a man is to be hanged
2The professionals order themselves
3In ritual rank.
4Above, with the victim,
5Stand the Law and the Church
6To assist at the Killing,
7While under the scaffold
8The Doctor waits
9To receive his trussed patient
10And to test
11Without healing
12The pace of his lingering death.
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire / Sharine Leung
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