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'Bewitching Halloween' ~ #16-298-B-C
 Category:  General Poetry
  Posted: October 27, 2017      Views: 231
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My name is Marilyn D.F. Boire, under the pen name of BeasPeas (after my mother, named Bea, who also wrote). I have a BFA in sculpture/3-D art. I also paint (oils, watercolor and mixed media). Like most of us, I've been writing since childhood. I - more...

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Chapter 16 of the book Bewitching Halloween
A Salem witch poem
"Bitter Dregs" by BeasPeas

"I'll die before the morn," she said,
while lifting goblet high.
"I've lived too long, soon I'll be dead,"
and wryly smiled goodbye.

"So sip your ale, but save your grief,
of which there's not any.
It appears my passing's a relief,
a view shared by many.

I'd rather die by my own hand,
than hang by gallows' noose.
Hysteria judged I be damned,
God knows that's their excuse."

She touched the poison to her lips,
then swallowed bitter dregs.
"I'll fly to higher realms," she quipped,
and sagged on weakened legs.


Marilyn D.F. Boire ~ October 25, 2017
'Bewitching Halloween'


 

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My hometown is close to Salem, Massachusetts. From February to May 1692 many men and women townsfolk were charged with witchcraft. During the witch hysteria, twenty were convicted and sentenced to death--fourteen women and six men. Nineteen were hung on Gallows Hill. Giles Corey, 81 years old, was "pressed to death" under a burden of heavy stones. That was called "peine forte et dure." Under the law, this was the penalty for refusing to plead guilty or not guilty. He could not stand trial without making a plea. His reason for refusing to plea ensured that upon his death his property could not be confiscated and his heirs would inherit it. It took Giles two days to die. His wife, Martha, had pleaded innocent but was hung on September 22, 1692.

In Salem, dozens of people were accused. Of those who weren't hung, some were pardoned, some died in jail while waiting trial, and a few escaped.

Witch trials and executions were common from the 1400's through mid 1700's in Europe and England, where most were burned to death, but there were other forms of execution utilized as well. In the colonies of America, those convicted of witchcraft were hung. Salem is a well-known tourist spot and celebrates its history each year on Halloween.
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