Colleen Courtney

Rookie - 63 Points (10/13/65 / Massachusetts)

The Witch's Grave - Poem by Colleen Courtney

In a little town
Down a lonely back road
There sits a small cemetery
From outside the gates
It seems nothing special
Just an ordinary graveyard
Some tombstones recently placed
Sturdy with their glossy sheen and
Deeply carved lettering
Others just thin slabs
Of gray slate
Writing barely legible
And seeming as if the waft of
A slight breeze could topple
Them at anytime

In the center of this small
Country graveyard
Rise two tall pines
Spaced a few feet apart and
Enclosed by overgrown bushes
But herein is where its
Secret treasure lies

Through all the bramble and
Between these two pine trees
Unbeknownst to so many
Rests 'The Witch's Grave'

Her headstone is one of those
Very thin slabs of gray
Inscribed with a lengthy epitaph
Which unfortunately can
No longer be read
A few feet away
Facing the headstone
Sits a smaller tombstone
This I've learned is what was
Once known as the footstone
An old custom done away with
Many years ago

The tale has it that this is
The final resting place of
The only woman to ever be accused of
Being a practicing witch in
This small country town

As I stand in this dense thicket
Hidden from view to all
I ponder upon the life of
This lost soul
The ordeal she must have endured
Being shunned by a whole community
I wonder
What if she were innocent?
And I think how very sad that
After spending her whole adulthood
Being ostricized
A pariah to a town of ignorants
That even in death
This poor woman still
Remains hidden
Still an outcast
Though centuries have passed

A tear glides down as
I lay a bright red rose
At the base of her headstone
A splash of color and
A token of solidarity
In her dull and unkempt world

I step out of this copse of gloom
And smile as I emerge back
Into the sunlight of
Today's more forgiving times.

Topic(s) of this poem: hope

Poet's Notes about The Poem

True story. Real cemetery. Real grave. Real me.

Comments about The Witch's Grave by Colleen Courtney

  • (3/9/2017 4:27:00 AM)

    I can't help but admire and respect a poetess who brilliantly displays empathy in such well written verse. Congrats on such a masterful piece. (Report) Reply

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  • Bri Edwards (12/1/2016 1:45:00 PM)

    i recognized it soon after beginning to read it. i kept reading and enjoyed it once again.

    bri :) to MyPoemList
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  • (2/27/2015 11:20:00 AM)

    Great poem told beautifully. Sadly in every era people are ostracized because their belief are not at par with society. Even their way of life or their skills are looked down too. (Report) Reply

  • Aftab Alam Khursheed (2/27/2015 9:42:00 AM)

    Witch's are very brave that's why -The Witch's Grave nice poem (Report) Reply

  • Brian Stafford (2/27/2015 9:09:00 AM)

    charming yet unfortunate tale, congrats on poem of the day! (Report) Reply

  • Kim Barney (2/27/2015 7:42:00 AM)

    Beautifully told. I have seen many graves that had headstones no longer readable and wondered about the people lying there six feet below. Who were they? What kind of life did they have? Do they have relatives around here today?
    I'm voting your poem a ten. Congrats for Poem of the Day!
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  • Richard Blay (2/21/2015 5:46:00 PM)

    nice story, but I bet to differ, today is not the forgiving times. We're worse than those before us centuries ago just that we know how to cover our hatred with hypocrisy. I feel sorry for the woman, she might be innocent as you wrote. good narrative, Colleen. (Report) Reply

  • (8/26/2014 7:52:00 AM)

    Just awesome. I love your style. (Report) Reply

  • Amitava Sur (7/30/2014 6:40:00 AM)

    I liked your lovely story telling which is elaborated in a very lovely detailing about an unfortunate lady... loved it (Report) Reply

  • Macharia Kanyari (7/24/2014 5:23:00 PM)

    Wonderful story telling. Awesome twist to capture this tragedy that is our lives (Report) Reply

  • Luana Del Lobo (7/15/2014 1:24:00 PM)

    Liked your poetry style! I love this kind of poems that potray a little story in order to make the reader to understand better the poem's true meaning!
    Loved it! :)
    (Report) Reply

  • Musfiq Us Shaleheen (7/12/2014 6:51:00 AM)

    nicely written a melodious lyric but so sad and a great mysterious drama...
    very very well written....
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  • Jesus James Llorico (7/11/2014 7:38:00 AM)

    What a sad and mysterious life of an alleged witch written in a poem
    A beautiful write..
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  • (7/11/2014 12:30:00 AM)

    beautiful it (Report) Reply

  • Bri Edwards (7/9/2014 11:51:00 PM)

    Real cemetery. Real grave. Real me. Real cool! thanks for sharing.

    i could picture some of those gravestones you described, as i too have seen them.

    reminds me of The Scarlet Letter gal, though she was not accused of being a witch, and of some muslim women and others that i hear of being stoned or burned or whipped for offenses......against religion or their families.....TODAY! yikes! : (
    bri :)
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  • Hans Vr (7/6/2014 4:54:00 AM)

    Superb experience written in melodious verses.
    What makes our experiences special is often the thoughts we think.
    Your pity for the woman and the very strong ending are wonderfully recounted here and can be a source of inspiration and wisdom for all readers.
    Excellent work
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  • Babatunde Aremu (7/4/2014 2:44:00 AM)

    This is great story. Kindly expand it to become a novel. Let ink keep flowing (Report) Reply

  • (7/2/2014 9:56:00 AM)

    Keen and classy observation. Your poem evoked sadness from heart. Your narration is great. You are an amazing poetess! (Report) Reply

  • (6/29/2014 10:45:00 PM)

    I wonder, how did you find such story that no one notice. Yes, agree she might be innocent but forgotten. You wrote such details (Report) Reply

  • (6/27/2014 2:50:00 PM)

    You are very talented! Thanks so much for reading my work as well :) (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Poem Edited: Thursday, May 22, 2014

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