Indecency

salem-witches

Sorcery, Witchery, Prophesy

Supernatural Abilities

Amazing Magickal Faculties

Granted to Some Inherently

Feared and Shunned by Society

Taboo Socially and Culturally

Yet Entrenched Historically

Their World Changed Abruptly

All Because of Christianity

Inquisitors Making Inquiries

Powered by Church Authority

Identify Apostasy and Heresy

Punishment for Blasphemy

Magick Dispatched Summarily

Examined Each Individually

In Courts of Commonality

Witnesses Claimed Necromancy

Unnatural Satanic Intimacy

Unexplained Unholy Bestiality

Spawning Things from Demonology

Hideous and Dark Morbidity

Orgiastic Unclean Activity

Forbidden Occult Divinity

Condemned by the Community

Tortured Afterward Earnestly

Psychologically and Mentally

Inflicting Pain Physically

Until Repentance Came Coercively

They Prayed for Death Quickly

Begged For Some Humanity

The Pious Watched Indifferently

Their Minions Acted Sadistically

Confession the Only Sanctity

Return to a State of Piety

Until Executed Diabolically

Bodies Burned Gruesomely

Gallows Lined Up Endlessly

Shadowy Fear in the Citizenry

To Control Them Behaviorally

Open and Conspicuously

Magick Lost to Eternity

Knowledge of Relativity

Buried in Antiquity

Fanatic Religious Zealotry

Limiting Opportunity

The Curse of Patriarchy

 

© 2016, Ralph Schwartz

 

burn the witch

Summary

The magickal world has roots that echo in the halls of time, reaching back nearly as far as life itself.  Certain people were gifted powers that most either couldn’t or wouldn’t try to understand.  These folks were either feared outright or ignored except when their abilities were found to be useful.  As time progressed, these gifted people evolved into healers and caretakers and their abilities were revered by their fellow humans.  That is until Christianity rose up and spread across the known world, dominating and destroying the remnants of any other religion.  Calling worshippers of anything other deity “pagans,” the church mobilized the people to aid them in hunting down each and every one.  They called them witches, sorcerers, or any of a number of other terms to brand them as societal outcasts.  Then they created false accusations and began to torture and kill them.  The indecency heaped upon these gifted people was the real sin and the knowledge they possessed was lost to time.

R J Schwartz

I write about everything and sometimes nothing at all.I'm fascinated by old things, rusty things, abandoned places, or anywhere that a secret might be unearthed.I'm passionate about history and many of my pieces are anchored in one concept of time or another.I've always been a writer, dating back to my youth, but the last decade has been a time of growth for me.I'm continually pushing the limitations of vocabulary, syntax, and descriptive phrasing.
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R J Schwartz

I write about everything and sometimes nothing at all. I'm fascinated by old things, rusty things, abandoned places, or anywhere that a secret might be unearthed. I'm passionate about history and many of my pieces are anchored in one concept of time or another. I've always been a writer, dating back to my youth, but the last decade has been a time of growth for me. I'm continually pushing the limitations of vocabulary, syntax, and descriptive phrasing.

3 thoughts on “Indecency

  • September 9, 2016 at 3:53 PM
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    Ralph, thank you for writing this poem. My first thought was to say the only sin was the false accusations and murder of innocent people., but you summed it up perfectly with “The indecency heaped upon these gifted people was the real sin and the knowledge they possessed was lost to time.” Mass hysteria instigated by people like Cotton Mather caused so many wrongful deaths. It is a shameful stain on the pages of our history. Great work, well done.

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  • September 9, 2016 at 7:46 PM
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    This was great, Ralph. Very well constructed and good word use. The commentary at the end was a good accompaniment as well. A lot of attrocities can be attributed to the Christian church in the past.

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  • September 10, 2016 at 3:11 AM
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    Wonderful, and very pungent collection words ending in ‘y’, very cleverly penned and of resounding truth. Religions have much to answer for, and I’m glad I live in these times. great work my friend.

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