Witchery by Kristin Garth

Kristin Garth, Poetry

Kristin Garth is a Pushcart, Rhysling nominated sonneteer and a Best of the Net 2020 finalist.  Her sonnets have stalked journals like Glass, Yes, Five:2:One, Luna Luna and more. She is the author of 20 books of poetry including Candy Cigarette Womanchild Noir (Hedgehog Poetry Press), Flutter Southern Gothic Fever Dream (TwistiT Press), and Girlarium (Fahmidan Journal).  She is the founder of Pink Plastic House a tiny journal and co-founder of Performance Anxiety, an online poetry reading series. Follow her on Twitter:  (@lolaandjolie) and her website kristingarth.com


Through her wind warped windows, the withering 

witch will wave you a welcome, young weeping wench 

who wanders, wuthering woods, where winged

creatures which waver will wilt like a wish,

without the wisdom of which way is which. 

Weariness weds the wrinkled and weak.

Wallow a week, her window seat, fed wolffish 

with wasabi —you are unwilling to wreak 

the wrath of an empath wroth over waste.

Wednesday she wraps about your wee throat,

pendant, it’s whispered, is antidote.  Weight 

intimates the wonders, weathered hands wrote-

note wrinkled, handwringing, wobbling home.

Will it protect you when you are alone? 

Author’s Note:

This sonnet is from a new collection I’m working on

about abuse, hypnosis and navigating the subconscious

mind.  It’s called Empty Pendant.