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A poem by Kathryn Southworth

A poem by Kathryn Southworth

 

Witch Alice

I follow the tercet trail,
verses that mark the way
among the lowering fells,
beneath the gathering clouds
towards the grey towers of judgement
and the coming remorse of rain.

And there she stands by the road,
prisoner of things we fear,
shaped into the noose
awaiting her,
captured in brass and steel,
silent as she was
before the ambitious powers
that could have set her loose.

Oh lady you are back
in the place they tore you away,
that claims you now for its own,
and fills those  shackled hands
you hold before you
with new cut abundance
of bright flowers.

  

Note:

The tercets were written by Carol Anne Duffy to mark the four hundredth anniversary of the Pendle witch trial and this poem appropriates her phrase “remorse of rain”.  Alice Nutter was one of nine hanged at Lancaster castle. The statue was put up in her home village of Roughlee.

Kathryn Southworth is a retired academic and founding fellow of the English Association who now lives in London and Gloucestershire. She reads in a number of poetry venues and has published in a variety of magazines and anthologies. Her first collection  Someone was here  was published by Indigo Dreams in 2018 and a pamphlet with Belinda Singleton,  Wavelengths  will come out with Dempsey and Windle in June 2019.

Kathryn Southworth is a retired academic and founding fellow of the English Association who now lives in London and Gloucestershire. She reads in a number of poetry venues and has published in a variety of magazines and anthologies. Her first collection Someone was here was published by Indigo Dreams in 2018 and a pamphlet with Belinda Singleton, Wavelengths will come out with Dempsey and Windle in June 2019.

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