Ensnared. #FFfAW #amwriting

Photo credit, Fandango.

“Ensnared” by Pamela Schloesser Canepa.  (c) 2018

Oh, the tangled vine 

that ensnares my heart

and keeps me bound to you.

Oh, the centuries of longing

in pain, the fury

I cannot undo.

All of the sadness 

and mystery that

kept me frozen in fear….

Stranger, turn away,

and please don’t ask,

What happened here.

-Victim of a Salem Witch Trial, believed to have turned vines into snakes in grief over her lover dying.  It is said she, and the snakes, then froze on the spot.  The vines are still a horrifying, yet amazing scene.  Town officials dragged her away,  catatonic and motionless, then burned her at the stake.  Townspeople cheered them on, yet there was much talk about whether the punishment was fair, since she didn’t appear to feel any pain.  Her last words spoken have been passed down from generation to generation.

~135 words

*This flash fiction entry was fictional.  Any resemblance to actual people or events is purely coincidental.  The Salem Witch Trials, however, are a historical fact.

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