BRIEF: Pick a word, the more obscure the better, and then write a six line verse that includes it.

sometimes ˈnüt
plural: knouts

a flogging whip with a lash of leather thongs twisted with wire used (as in czarist Russia) for punishing criminals.

The Imperial Edict

normal pain, it seems, never enough for them
flogging so passé, instead a knout comes out;
poisons are a poor man’s game, make time
for elegant pomades that stun, desserts to maim
as in amongst the chaos of historical refrains
no-one expects Imperials to lose...

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