Salem, 1692

Salem_witch2

By Baker, Joseph E., ca. 1837-1914, artist. “The Witch, No.1” Lithograph, [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Salem, 1692

I

wait, crushed

by despair,

disturbances

in the air. Demons,

or human frailty, now

exposed? Light and darkness bound

together we must fight evil–

the duty of magistrates is clear

and so, we sentence the witches to death

 

the affliction has spread through the region,

so many blackened with devils’ marks

though they bleed red as anyone

(their master teaches them tricks).

They will suffer justice

crushed by rocks and rope–

but at night I

wonder, what

if we’re

wrong?

 

A double Etheree (syllable count: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 and then 10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1) for Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday. I think she was looking for Halloween themed, but I went to history.  We were asked to use synonyms for color and creepy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

39 thoughts on “Salem, 1692

  1. Oh my goodness! I love your passion and can’t help but draw parallels to the state of our country with women’s rights in the focus once again. I get so angry at how a bunch of old men think that they can make decisions about a woman and things that pertain only to her. You captured this perfectly with the witch trials in Salem. Religion in America has a way of poking its head into places it doesn’t belong. ❤

  2. Pingback: Colleen’s #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge Recap No. 105, “Color & Creepy”, #SynonymsOnly | Colleen Chesebro ~ The Fairy Whisperer

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