isn’t really a tower. It’s a square
building with towers at each
of the four corners. In the thirties
they made a movie of it starring Boris Karloff
as Mord the executioner, who dabbled in torture.
A busy man was Mord. his boss, Richard the Third,
was demanding. Richard had no hump
on his back, but Boris had a club foot,
as though to make up for it. Richard drowned
the Duke of Clarence, whose name wasn’t Clarence,
in a tub of malmsey, a sweet-tasting wine.
Clarence had stood in his way. Richard
was determined to kill all who stood in his way,