by Mari McKee
Who were the women convicted for witchcraft?
The Salem Witches
Lusting for another woman's husband,
she must, forever, destroy the wife,
to all, she screams, the wife casts spells,
being more effective than plunged knife.
A rebellious teen longs for freedom,
but her strict mother leaves no hope,
her friends create tales of wickedness,
after trial, mommy hangs from a rope.
The old toothless hag curses the girls,
causing mayhem, running in her garden,
they develop tics and twitches blaming her,
no trial; she is killed by the prison’s warden.
Arrogant bachelor thinks he’s a great catch,
but is firmly rebuffed by a sweet, pretty girl,
insulted, he claimed she tried to bewitch him,
in her noose, he watches her dance and twirl.
The Salem Witch trials of the 17th century,
a sad time of mass hysteria and betrayal,
for the poor innocents said to be witches,
resulted, for each, in that which was fatal.