They're Gonna Burn Me As A Witch

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They’re Gonna Burn Me As A Witch


They come to me with wishes, whisper their desires;

the secrecy is absolute, it never does expire.

I hold their secrets safely, I never write them down

but there comes a day when one comes back with a frown.


The accusations start to flow, but with them I can cope;

but he leaves me standing there, off to get more rope.

Looking for an accomplice, someone to back their claim,

he’s out now simply for my blood, slurring up my name.


There is talk of witchcraft; that I had cast on him a spell,

that he was not responsible for I’d made him unwell.

Others, fearful of my knowledge, come forward with their lies,

talking of my falsity, my wearing of disguise.


I’d kept my part of the bargain, my lips had remained sealed

but that counted for nothing, when suspicions were revealed.

Fine upstanding gentlemen would never be so base,

which led them right towards my door when a culprit they did chase.


"It was her that did enchant me, it was her that stole my purse

and when I did accuse her, she placed on me a curse.

You know that I speak only true, she’s one black magic bitch.”

And now they build their bonfire – they’re gonna burn me as a witch.


Submitted: April 01, 2018

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Donald Harry Roberts

Only the Irish...loved it

Sun, April 1st, 2018 6:46pm


Ha! Thanks, D.H.

Sun, April 1st, 2018 12:08pm

Mike S.

It's society's nature to find someone to blame, I guess, which is why the time's we're living in are so troubling, 'cause that's what our President's doing--excellent, Hull!

Sun, April 1st, 2018 7:38pm


Thanks, Mike. I wanted it to be read as either in the past or in the present....there are still supposedly people being burned as witches now so....convenient thing to claim, I guess.

Sun, April 1st, 2018 1:02pm


Love it hully. To say the least .

Sun, April 1st, 2018 7:58pm


Thanks, CE.

Sun, April 1st, 2018 1:03pm

Tom Allen714

I really liked the different style of words Hull...Tom...

Sun, April 1st, 2018 8:10pm


Thanks, Tom. Glad you enjoyed it.

Sun, April 1st, 2018 1:49pm

Sue Harris

Brilliant, Hully! Well and truly set up... and what a terrible death it must have been for all the witches who were burned. Exceptionally well written,

Sun, April 1st, 2018 10:00pm


Thank you, Sue. This was a poem I wrote in my head then found a pic to go with it, so that means a lot.

Mon, April 2nd, 2018 3:52am

Dr. Acula

A "person", burned, making it "acceptable" by labeling them a "witch" sad.

I love a great poem that tells an intriguing story !

Mon, April 2nd, 2018 12:01am


Thanks, Doc!

Mon, April 2nd, 2018 3:55am


Such an intense poem, Hully. Excellent!

Mon, April 2nd, 2018 2:20pm


Thanks, jaylisbeth, it can be taken either as past or present.

Mon, April 2nd, 2018 12:47pm

Adam L.

Very graphic poem, Ms. Hullabaloo. Nicely done.

Mon, April 2nd, 2018 2:48pm


Thanks for reading, Adam.

Mon, April 2nd, 2018 12:50pm

Jeff Bezaire

The thanklessness of ungrateful pricks. You capture it so completely, Hully! People are happy to take advantage of someone's gifts until they run the risk of being caught, then suddenly they have morals and dignity, and would never partake in anything that anyone might accuse them of. It's kind of like politicians or wealthy czars - they'll do what they want because they think there's no consequences for them, but once the consequences start marching for their door, suddenly they're completely different people with a kinder heart and a humanitarian outlook on life.
A great poem, Hully. It's also helping to inspire me - I've had a pic of a witch sitting on my computer since the fall that I haven't been able to come up with anything for and this piece is helping stir up an idea. Thanks for that, my dear! :)

Mon, April 2nd, 2018 5:55pm


Glad to have helped, Jeff. Politicians and other famous or 'powerful' people were just the sort I had in mind. I wrote it to be read as either set in the past or the present -- at least that was how I intended it.

Mon, April 2nd, 2018 1:01pm

moa rider

It always amazes how one crazed individual can pick up like minds. Mama Hullabaloo. Like those lynchings in western movies. Usianguke

Mon, April 2nd, 2018 8:23pm


Exactly! Thanks for reading, Moa.

Mon, April 2nd, 2018 1:42pm

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