witch trial

Demise beneath broken skies

a cacophony of strident voices

sentenced her to die by morning

She’d be drowned in a well of shadows

as the death bell tolled under a crimson moon

such a hollow ring, a hollow ring

Trust and love, a subterfuge

Clandestine meetings in that old church

passionate embraces beneath favissa and pooling wax

Her lover unlaced her corset with gentle fingers

as they delved into a forbidden affair

His wife’s reflection, a pyre of rage


To rid her family of humiliation

she named the woman Witch

An easy route to vindication

An absolute sentence for this imp

Another trial to fill the day

No mercy

Dragged from a cold cell as ice fell from the sky

The stars around her twinkled and mourned

A taste of metal in a mouth crying for justice

A taste of copper as the child within stirred

A taste of fear as her heart fluttered and  stopped

picture: Pinterest

prompts: OctPoWriMo, MLMM Wordle, #MadVerse #MadCarnival

  • Today’s prompts brought me right to the Salem Witch Trials with words like taste of metal, and well of shadows. The poetry form is Cheritas.


  1. thanks for playing the wordle this week 🙂

    Most excellent use of the challenging words – but the topic is well suited and you’ve delivered in a wonderful form. Very enjoyable to read.

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