scold's bridle

A third of a coven
Lolling at a corner table
Heads held at an indolent tilt

Eyes dark with spells
And bellies pulled by fire
We dip forked tongues into wine

Ripe with sin and scent
Purrs warm our throats
And growls keep the circle bound tight.

© bellmusker 2007

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When you’re blessed with brazen wenches as friends, and you keep them close to your heart, your cycles often become in tune…..and then once in a dark moon, you all stride out into the night together, and suddenly realise that your hearts are all beating with the same dark energy. And you know that means trouble.


bellmusker, coven, desire, lolling, moon, ripe, seduction, sin, spell, witches

I love the words that fall between the cracks; where I have to roll my sleeve up, jam my arm down into the darkness, and yank the stories up by their hair.

I write with black coffee, and bare feet.

Both seem to help.

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  • Melissa Vowell
    Melissa Vowellover 6 years ago

    sounds lovely :)

  • mick8585
    mick8585over 6 years ago

    let me amongst that trio.

  • bellmusker
    bellmuskerover 6 years ago

    Mick, it’d take a brave man indeed to venture forth amongst us when we’re lolling! You wouldn’t know what you were in for…..

  • mick8585
    mick8585over 6 years ago

    I can do indolent with the best of them.

  • jetsta42
    jetsta42over 6 years ago

    ooh i’m excited…is this to be continued?

  • juliejulie
    juliejulieover 6 years ago

    i love this. actually i like the comment at the side. it really adds to the atmosphere of the poem. like jess says, is there more?

  • bellmusker
    bellmuskerover 6 years ago

    Well, it COULD be continued….but we Witches only run wild and wanton under a black moon, and alas, it’s waxing at the moment. Will keep you informed. Pleased to know it strikes a chord!

  • Lisa  Jewell
    Lisa Jewellover 6 years ago


    I am in fear…………….a gorgeous type of fear….

    Spell bound away…..

  • monhiver
    monhiverover 6 years ago

    nice work, soaked with darkness…to me, like it.

  • monhiver
    monhiverover 6 years ago

    soaked IN darkness….sorry

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