Featured Post: the witch doesn’t burn in this one – Tamara Fricke

Oh no, pet, not today-
you’ve brought your fire
to a coven concrete
in self assurance
with crystal portals
that know this story
and a bricked in spine
that doesn’t know
what it means to curtsy

the soot of your hatred
warms these aging bones
but does little to diminish
a resolve cured to perfection
seasoned with temperance
and reinforced in the knowledge
that I am neither your tinder,
whetstone, nor slag

I am the nightshade
driving your pathos,
the wormwood
feeding your torch,
and the dirt under
your nails from
digging a grave only
you are fit to fill.

See, the witch
doesn’t burn
in this one, pet,
but you don’t
have to either-
douse the torch
wash your hands
and go apologize
to your mother.

Tamara Fricke is the 2010 co-winner of the Gertrude Claytor Award of the Academy of American Poets and is previously published by The Lyon Review, Meat for Tea, Attack Bear Press Poetry Vending Machine, Whisper and the Roar, We Will Not Be Silenced, and has been included in a number of compilations.  Her poetry chapbook Our Requiem was released in 2014.  She lives in Springfield, MA, with an ungrateful cat, where she writes grants professionally.

Featured Post: The Witch Doesn’t Burn In This One – Robert G Wertzler

Foolish men thought to burn The Witch
They burned some women
Because they called them witches
Told fantastic stories of them
Who could not defend themselves
And spread terror among womankind
But The Witch, bearer of female power
Of ancient wisdom and lore
That aspect of healer and midwife
Of the deep craft of womanhood
Her, they could not, cannot burn
She is eternal

Bob Wertzler is retired from almost twenty years in the mental health field in California and Arizona. There are times the title, “Recovering Therapist”, seems to fit. In 2006 he retired to move to Western North Carolina to help and become primary care giver for his father who had developed Dementia. Before all that, there was work at various times as a soldier (US Army 1967-70), community organizer, cab driver, welfare case worker, wooden toy maker, carpenter, warehouse worker, and other things. He relates to a line in a Grateful Dead song, “What a long, strange trip its been.”

Featured Post: The witches don’t burn in this one – Georgiann Carlson

witches don’t burn
witches are the flame


I’m an artist, a writer, a vegetarian, an animal rights activist, and quite a few other things as well. I love books, cats, philosophy, good conversation, Chicago and the arts. So my blog is full of bits and pieces but it’s the bits and pieces that make life interesting to me. You can read more of my writing at Rethinking Life

Featured Post: The witch doesnt burn in this one – Emily James

You did everything to break me
You sang the victims song
You would throw yourself a pity party
King Nothing never doing any wrong

You tried
And you tried
Your actions full of hatred
Your mouth full of lies

I was always beneath you
Always failing to make the grade
But what you never realized
A fighter in me you made

I was sick of being forgotten
I was done being used
And from the seeds of dysfunction
The warrior in me grew

You really thought you beat me
You really thought you won
Well let me tell you something sweetheart
The witch doesnt burn in this one

Emily James is the pseudonym used by Lori Weyandt. Lori’s soul roams from the mountains of Pennsylvania to the mountains of North Carolina. She shares her life with her fiance Brian and her daughter Kirsten.

Her writing can be found at Emily James