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A combination of sweat and urine
An unbearable stench in this cell
Odors causing my stomach to churn
Unable to eat, my final meal in hell

Nourishment was the least of my worries
Inquisitor’s whip, had cut me to the bone
Condemning me, as Gods worse adversary
Sitting in the dark, shivering and alone

Accused of consorting with the Devil
Being born in Salem, my only violation
Sadistic pleasure by the priest who's evil
 Hypocrite, thanking God for his direction

Echoes of the guards approaching
Torches flickering, lighting their way
Metal keys rattle, my door is opening
Taking me by the arms, I begin to pray

The sun so bright, blinded by its light 
As the guards tie me to the wooden spire
The Lords Prayer I continuously recite 
Prayers to screams, as I perish in the fire

Copyright © Anthony Nutter

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  1. Date: 4/27/2011 3:23:00 AM
    A blood-curdling write! Ah, the "good old days," when power was there to be used and popes, generals, judges, et al. A well conceived piece.

  1. Date: 8/18/2010 5:47:00 PM
    Wow! Hell of a meditation, Anthony. Great Imagination. Just aim it at a subject and fire away! Great job, well done...go ahead....aim it at another one!....enjoyed

  1. Date: 7/23/2010 9:10:00 AM
    Its exceptional. Very deep concept.

  1. Date: 7/5/2010 11:34:00 PM
    Wow! Deep and seriously sad! How many women died that horrible death, tried as witches, in spite of their undying belief in God! So terribly, terribly awful to die like that!

  1. Date: 7/1/2010 6:28:00 PM
    Whew ! A. W., Your writing is almost more than an old lady can handle....LOL I'm burnin' !

  1. Date: 6/30/2010 10:18:00 AM
    Good writing on this one, Anthony...your story gave me the chills...powerfully written! Emily

  1. Date: 6/29/2010 5:02:00 PM
    An amazing write Anthony and enjoyed the breathtaking description of each line.. thankxxx for your encouragement for my entry into Brian's contest.. I was debating on his this time .. appreciate .. with luv from the "Sweetheart" in Hawaii on vacation...

  1. Date: 6/29/2010 1:11:00 PM
    The "witch hunts" are a sad part of our history, Anthony. Anyone who seemed just a bit out of the mainstream was suspected of "consorting with the devil." History repeats itself as we saw with the McCarthy hearings in the '50s. Excellent poem! Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 6/25/2010 3:19:00 AM
    Wonderful imagery done here about another time when man used the pretext of religious fervor to cover his own savage bigotry! Great write! Dan C

  1. Date: 6/25/2010 3:04:00 AM
    Wow !!!! I could see this what visions really breath taking write x Oh ty for my comments i am having a comp with doc lolol you must read his see what you think ..this was all his idea i am just the victim in writing ha ha ha ... sarah x

  1. Date: 6/24/2010 6:17:00 PM
    Great write about those terrible trials that should never have been. Vivid description of the pain and fear. Thank you for your comments. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 6/24/2010 5:13:00 PM
    Very descriptive of the agony that some have gone through...Great write..Sara

  1. Date: 6/22/2010 12:46:00 PM
    Fascinating account, your words bring it back to life Anthony rgds Wilma

  1. Date: 6/21/2010 3:08:00 AM
    A frightening account of the Salem witch persecutions, Anthony. You recreated this time period so well in verse. Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 6/21/2010 2:09:00 AM
    reminds me of the 'Pendle Witches' in the 17th century england, this is awesome stuff Anthony Harry

  1. Date: 6/20/2010 9:07:00 PM
    So excellent how you have the victim reciting the Lord's Prayer....sheds such a harsh light onto the innocent victim being condemned by hypocrites.

  1. Date: 6/20/2010 6:33:00 PM
    It gives the feeling of what took place in those days to inncoent people. I like it. Good write

  1. Date: 6/20/2010 6:28:00 PM
    Bravo!!Love the write..P.D.