Colleen Courtney

Rookie - 37 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.


Poet's Notes about The Poem

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

Comments about The Witch's Grave by Colleen Courtney

  • Gold Star - 5,675 Points Savita Tyagi (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

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  • Gold Star - 39,733 Points 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

  • Veteran Poet - 1,953 Points Brian Stafford (2/27/2015 9:09:00 AM)

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

  • Gold Star - 14,034 Points 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! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 236 Points 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

  • Rookie - 274 Points Words' Knight (8/26/2014 7:52:00 AM)

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

  • Gold Star - 9,049 Points 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

  • Rookie - 97 Points Macharia Kanyari (7/24/2014 5:23:00 PM)

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

  • Rookie - 87 Points 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

  • Veteran Poet - 1,144 Points 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.... (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,313 Points 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.. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 6,634 Points Salini Nair (7/11/2014 12:30:00 AM)

    beautiful write.....................like it (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 8,126 Points 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 :) (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 2,433 Points 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 (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,921 Points 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

  • Freshman - 835 Points Harindhar Reddy (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

  • Rookie - 15 Points Pinondang Situmeang (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

  • Rookie - 0 Points Jesse Pickens (6/27/2014 2:50:00 PM)

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

  • Silver Star - 3,302 Points Nalini Jyotsana Chaturvedi (6/26/2014 10:48:00 PM)

    Beautiful description and what a thought...for many fouls might have been stoned to death if born in the previous eras. Now just considered different not dangerous (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,344 Points Valerie Dohren (6/26/2014 12:59:00 PM)

    I am quite sure she was innocent, as were all of those poor women unfortunate enough to live in those dreadful times. A very sad and poignant tale. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Poem Edited: Thursday, May 22, 2014


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