The Witch's Brew

They arouse suspicious dreams, circling her –

these words of want

bitten on a message left, where no space is left for her.

They have a monopoly on all things –

her conscience, her motives, her inner switch.

They feel her pulse and decide,

reign the veins in

and position the bridle –

take her to the water to drink.

 

The pail is one centimetre wide, sugar coated and an easy sink –

she necks them all,

for they have a monopoly on all things –

pain and pleasure in any sensory form,

the insides of her are in their hands always –

she is unforgiven,

an empty vessel.

 

They pour things in to her – a brew of nettles,

a metal – the soft smiling petal

shrewdly worn, the place that they gave to her

to know what’s for,

and all that she is for.

It is a trap, they say,

for your disease – a monthly lack of logic.

They have a monopoly on these things.

 

They stir, boil and simper –

the fragrance lingers in the air. It falls on her skin, exhausted

and keeps her sin visible.

They have a monopoly on her.

 

She is drunk and unlovable,

they say.

What right does she have to love?

 

They, on the other hand

demand she fill them up to the brim.

 

 

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Francine

Thu 8th Dec 2011 22:28

Fascinating and controlled.

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Rachel Bond

Thu 8th Dec 2011 19:08

great poem. i love the last few lines. a womans paradox.

They feel her pulse and decide,
reign the veins in
and position the bridle –
take her to the water to drink

love these lines, the bit bites x

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Graham Sherwood

Thu 8th Dec 2011 18:34

Marianne, you know what I'm going to say don't you. It's like listening to opera in Italian. I don't understand it but its wonderful.

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Laura Taylor

Thu 8th Dec 2011 16:43

Wow - fantastic poem. Love the quiet anger shown within, and the absolute hypocrisy that surrounds the issue. 'keeps her sin visible' - one of many great lines.

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