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I. Wasted Breath


Spite stirred in guts like poison mixed in cake.

Insistent maleness and disparity

Assembled heated breath, enough to hex

A British play. Heed this โ€” or rue the day.


Old Scottish combat zones, intent on warโ€™s

Mythology and trophies, replicate

Themselves wherever men fish for acclaim

To get their stories splashed across the stars โ€”

In letters, law, or laboratories.


When males engage with chemicals, rank brines,

Intent on alchemy, employing fire,

Rapt by discoveries perhaps benign,

Theyโ€™re being scientific, praised. Theyโ€™ll bask

In backlit glows that manly fame bestows.


The patriarchy does its best to hoard

Awards โ€” like weapons needed for attacks.


When females huddle over cauldron smoke,

Ancestral recipes astir once more,

Rapt by solutions stronger than strychnine,

Which sheriff thought, โ€œGirls having fun outdoors!โ€?

Suspicious scribes malign spell-casting crones,

Implying they are doing devilโ€™s work.


The patriarchy does its best to warn,

Forbid, discourage daughters, sisters, wives

By commandeering rights to accolades.


Distrust of womenโ€™s power led to laws.

In 1542, King Henry VIII

Signed Britainโ€™s first Witchcraft Act. Hundreds died,

Even if those accused denied the charge.


II. Macbeth

Elizabethan dramatists โ€” all men! โ€”

Put witches in the plot for novelty.

Meanwhile, witch hunts harassed the innocent.


Misogynyโ€™s increase deserved byplay.

Real sorceresses jinxed โ€œthe Scottish play,โ€

Their hex comeuppance. Bloodshed was repaid.


Macbeth depicts a pagan coven โ€” though

Their wisdomโ€™s minimized by childish speech

Like โ€œDouble, double, toil, and troubleโ€ โ€” rhymes

For children, to infantilize this spell.


With โ€œeye of newt, toe of frog,โ€ thespians

Portraying the Weird Sisters cursed the Thane

Of Cawdor, who rebelled against his king.


Macbethโ€™s debut was struck โ€” streaked with bad luck.



III. Met Death


Before Scene 5, the Bard went backstage โ€” found

Lady Macbeth mystifyingly dead,

Unnerving King James in his royal box.


Which elements affected Brits the most?

Staged sorcery incited constant fear

His majesty intensified with trials.


Mark my words: women have always fought back,

Preserved infernal mysteries. Bewitched.

Dark invocations learned by stealth live on.


Macbethโ€™s unholy spell wonโ€™t be withdrawn

โ€˜Til every โ€œwitchโ€™sโ€ unfair death is mourned.



Authorโ€™s Note: The Scottish Play. The Bardโ€™s Play. Macbeth is surrounded by superstition and fear of the โ€˜curseโ€™ โ€” that uttering the playโ€™s name aloud in a theatre will cause bad luck.




Native New Yorker LindaAnn LoSchiavo, recently Poetry SuperHighway's Poet of the Week, is a member of SFPA and The Dramatists Guild. Elgin Award winner A Route Obscure and Lonely and Concupiscent Consumption are her latest poetry titles. Forthcoming is a paranormal collection of ghost poems, a collaborative horror chapbook, and an Italian-centric book, Flirting with the Fire Gods, inspired by her Aeolian Island heritage. She has been leading an SFPA poetry critique group for two years.

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