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Posted: January 2nd. 2010 11:26:14 AM
There Be Witches
Age Group: Adult
There Be Witches
Jesus came to earth one day
to see what he could see;
he walked around and talked around
then sat down next to me.
He never asked for me to change
the ways I’d had before him;
for healing, birthing, harming none
were all ways to adore him.
But followers who came along
years after he had passed
resolved that things would have to change
if their ways were to last.
They baptized and converted us
and ruined all our temples;
then built up churches all around
and started writing bibles.
They demonized the deities
for whom we’d lived and served
and proclaimed that anonymity
was all that they deserved.
They defiled Aphrodite,
made a mockery of Pan;
they changed his name to Satan,
their foresworn enemy of Man.
They made their God a widower
by murdering his Wife.
They declared we must be Christian
and forbade our way of life.
When we defied their untried ways
and clung to our traditions
they proclaimed that we were heretics
and condemned us to perdition!
We did not understand the thought
that we were somehow flawed,
nor saw a clear distinction
between ourselves and God.
So they dragged us out into the streets,
seized everything we had
and told anyone who’d listen
that we were evil, we were bad!
They bastardized the things we did
and called it Witches Glamour,
then wrote a book to kill us by
and called it Witches Hammer.
We worshipped then in secrecy,
we had no other choice;
the fear of persecution
had robbed us of our voice.
For if we were caught they’d take us
to that place of no return;
and once they extracted their confessions
they’d sentence us to burn.
We taught our children to find Goddess
in their Mary and their saints
and we set ourselves to worship
and we silenced our complaints.
We hid ourselves among them,
for there was no other way,
and we’ve lived right there among them
right through to this very day!
We are bankers and we are teachers,
we are sisters and brothers and friends;
we are barbers and accountants...
It's a list that never ends.
We’re far more than you perceive us,
so much more than just the hags
that are printed on the outside
of your trick-or-treaters bags.
We are familiar with the lyrics
of that tired, worn out song
but we’ve survived to tell you
that everything they said was wrong!
So now we shout it from the rooftops,
show it plain for all to see
that there be Witches here among you
and just the first of them is me.
(c) J. Lorian Young
Author's Location: Concord, New Hampshire
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