Torture:

Nooses - disassembled rope-ladders,

built to replicate the feeling of a necktie

for a first-time wearer,

but with thrice the constricting properties.

Guillotines - string-operated cleavers.

There is nothing they cannot cut through.

Useful for killing, barbering, dissecting,

or the preparation of chopped salads.

The electric chair - a taser

of inconvenient size.

Can turn the stubborn

into bloodless cowards,

and at the same time,

reduce their innards to shepherd's pie.