Herstory Lesson

Laura Lee


They still
kill witches
today it’s not
drowning or burning
it’s the pulled- by- the -roots
clumps of hair
or squalor
or female voices
that will not be heard
female bodies –
worthless when roots rot.

Look, I see sister
landed in the V
of the dead ash tree,
her broom breaking
her long hair
around mouth
around nose.


Laura Lee is a Chicago area college instructor, teacher, and writer. Her poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have been published in the US, the UK, New Zealand, and Greece. Her website is at: http://lauraleewriterpoeteducator.com.