After so long, she’s spent countless hours building those walls to protect herself. And could you blame her? After an earthquake, or a fire, or any other disaster, the task is always to rebuild. Stronger, lasting, and protected from the next. Don’t mistake her inability to knock those walls down with the inability to love. It’s much easier to build a door than it is to tear an entire building down.
to die in a pyre.
how to survive.
And their magic
This can be taken literally or figuratively. During the witch hunt craze of the seventeenth century, many people were wrongly abused of witchcraft and ended up dying in a fire or from illness while waiting execution. Most of these people were widows, servants, anyone that could have a grudge against them from others, and the hysteria grew until the wives of some of the most respected men began to receive accusations. I would think that anyone actually practicing witchcraft those days would have been too smart to get caught. After all, the image of a witch that comes to mind for many people is a strong woman. On the other hand, metaphorically, women have been degraded since the beginning of time, and only recently are women coming close to be seen as equals to men. All throughout history, women have stood against opposition with their heads held high. Would that image not seem pretty close to that of a perceived witch? For women, our ancestors were strong, and so are we, even when we feel like we are anything but.
[Sarah Doughty is the tingling wonder-voice behind Heartstring Eulogies. She’s also the author of The Silence Between Moonbeams, her poetry chapbook, and the acclaimed novels and novellas of the Earthen Witch Universe. Good news, they’re all offered for free, right here! To learn more about how awesome Sarah is, check out her website, stalk her on Instagram, and add her on Goodreads.]