Patti Masterman

A 17th Century Curse - Poem by Patti Masterman

In the bottle rests my pee
Collected under a darkling moon
And pared down fingernails, overgrown

Some bits of hair and rusty nails
Brass tacks, and a leather pierced
By a nail, which bent at odd angle

Upside down in hidden grave, it lies
So on the evil doer, it rebounds
Until that she, herself, soon die

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For those afraid a witch may have cast a spell upon them.
If all goes well, the trick will cast the spell back on the witch,
perhaps killing her — or so goes a 17th century witchcraft belief.

Comments about A 17th Century Curse by Patti Masterman

  • Johnathan Juarez (12/19/2012 3:12:00 AM)

    I love that first line (Report) Reply

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  • Georgios Venetopoulos (11/11/2012 5:51:00 PM)

    I smile to it! I like witch stories. And yours! Enchantress is the word for the female sorceress and my latest poem. (Report) Reply

  • Captain Cur (5/28/2012 8:36:00 PM)

    To dangerous for me.
    I'd get drunk and drink you know what.
    I'm better off suffering the spell.
    Loved it! What man doesn't love a witch.
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  • Johnathan Juarez (5/4/2012 9:44:00 AM)

    cool poem snazzy too thanks (Report) Reply

  • Diane Hine (3/23/2012 7:22:00 PM)

    This poem grabs you at the first line!
    Witchcraft amuses us now, but those were scary times for poor old women when bad luck happened to others.
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  • (3/18/2012 11:42:00 AM)

    Intriguing piece of historical smile and all the while she sits protected.. Being a pagan I love this breath of fresh ole air. Thanks. Karen :) (Report) Reply

  • Martin O'Neill (1/21/2012 2:20:00 AM)

    Beats Catholicism anyway! (Report) Reply

  • Raj Arumugam (9/18/2011 3:16:00 PM)

    Good and imaginative - and perhaps real, Patty...King James (just after Elizabeth 1) might have added this in his history of witchcraft if he only knew this..humorous and scary too... (Report) Reply

  • Georgios Venetopoulos (8/24/2011 3:21:00 PM)

    Now, Patti this is an adventurous attempt.. Impressive, imposes the 17th on me, and I cannot see you there, but maybe only to enchant me with your wordry, imagery and a careful almost demure style of writing.. Am I a guest, a host, a friend to share? I 'll be everything, one of my poems you liked a lot, and I was proud! Make me proud again, I believe in that charismatic smile and mind! .. (Report) Reply

  • (8/2/2011 6:28:00 AM)

    Quite the informer my friend. Bits and tidbits are very worthy and interesting. I bet those were some wild old days to be living. Especially if around the witchcraft believers and do'ers........ Can you imagine? ......... Jim (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, March 5, 2011

Poem Edited: Friday, January 11, 2013

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