to all recovering baptist girls with tarot cards under their beds

Her parents called it occult,
or a less forgivable act of knowing
before faith, without the blind not-quite-trust
herds have, more obstinacy that thinks
it is led by unseesn shepherdy
to where it wants to go,

but she sees sheeple, not sheep,
shuffles, and laughs.  We are past
the time of burning uncomfortable women
who see past peacock fanning and ram posturing
to little boys, heads down, redfaced,
hiding stolen cookies behind backs–

that’s the problem with witches,
the way they point to the secret
wrapped inside what we want the world to see.

About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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24 Responses to to all recovering baptist girls with tarot cards under their beds

  1. just the best lines ever written about witches, those last three!

  2. Alice Keys says:

    “that’s the problem with witches,the way they point to the real wrapped inside what we want them to see.”

    Oh, Susan. You just pointed out the problem with POETS (and other disparaged thinkers, writers and truth-tellers such as artists and musicians), not WITCHES. Is it any wonder that arts and music are deleted from school curriculum? We’d have too high a firewood budget burning everyone up later.

    Sorry to co-op your comment zone for the podium chant (but I won’t change my behavior).

    Keep writing, you witch.;-)

    • Alice–I love you! You so get this, and yes, I guess we had better burn the damned poets too. Everyone is welcome to bring a soapbox to my comments–I love that about this community, and any time you want to share an opinion here, please, please, pretty please do!

  3. northernmalewhite says:

    the time for burning women
    is still upon us
    it just takes a different guise
    like the west
    about human rights violations in other countries
    (the countries they send their dissidents to be tortured)
    when at home the violations
    are subtle
    and cause self-death
    rather than something
    as obvious as hanging or starvation

    the woman will always be burnt
    it looks like


  4. Masterfully crafted intricacies – the words and the ideas. Bravo.

  5. Brilliant – as someone with tarot cards everywhre around my house, I applaud your deep insight!!! 🙂

  6. Miriam E. says:

    ‘sheeple’…. Susan, I love your brilliant mind.

  7. purple says:

    I am not fireproof, but I am really good at hiding, and NOT under the bed, geesh, that’s the FIRST place someone will look. Really enjoyed this post Susan, even if I am not exactly a Baptist girl … ok not even close. Keep it real!

  8. awesome, Susan. & I love, love, love the title!

  9. George Ellington says:

    Fear of the unknown. Fear of those who seem to know what we do not. So we reject them AND their knowledge. Guilt by utter association. I fear you, I reject you, and I reject any aspect of truth in what you know, because I am afraid to be less than you. Afraid to be weak and needy. Do you remember when Gore suppposedly “lost” the election? My conviction was that he would lose the votes of most Americans because he was too obviously intelligent. And people fear intelligence.

    • Oh, yes, George, I remember that Bush/Gore Florida idiocy too well. Sigh. I wonder where we would be now if… No, no need to go there now, is there. Thanks for your comment–it is rich and thought-provoking.

  10. nelle says:

    If only we were past it, sigh. So much misinformation, so much persecution in the past, dribbled into the present. While my ancestor wasn’t a witch, she lost her life to the accusation.

    Humans have a way of taking those who affirm life and a connection to the earth and warp it into something ugly to denounce as sinister, when what is such is those who do the condemning.

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