They are going to execute
a man whose arms are tied.
There are four soldiers
for the shooting.
like the fastened-up man they’re going to kill.
— Can you escape?
— I can’t run!
— They’re gonna shoot!
— What’re we gonna do?
— Maybe the rifles aren’t loaded…
— They got six bullets of fierce lead!
— Perhaps these soldiers don’t shoot!
— You’re a fool – through and through!
(How was it they could shoot?)
(How was it they could kill?)
They were four silent
and an official señor
made a signal to them, lowering his saber.
Four soldiers they were,
like the man they were to kill.