The tale of Moll Dyer

The tale of Moll Dyer

A Poem by Carlos Lorenzo Estrada
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Based on the urban legend of a woman accused of witchcraft and died alone frozen upon a rock.

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The Tale of Moll Dyer 

By

Carlos Lorenzo Estrada 


"I think we all have empathy. We may not have enough courage to display it." -Maya Angelou


Can you hear the Ravens caw 
upon the desolate stone

A mournful cry that can't deny
Ghostly spirit all alone 

The autumn leaves that fall from breeze, 
drifting slowly down below

In a canopy of eldritch trees
Where grass will never grow 

What brought her here in wretched fear
Is a mystery of unknown act.

Deceptive lies of puritan faith
Which distorted truths from fact.

Forsaken land in rotted earth
Mimics those that lived therein

For fears of superstitious rites
revealed judgemental sin

They took to foot to burn the witch
They felt had lived in midst 

Put flame upon her small abode
As she fled into the mist.

In blinding rage they howled to moon
As they condemned their souls to hell

No men of God should ever offend 
With evil hearts so fell.

what becomes of us in mortal lust
When paradise is lost

To commit the worst of wicked vice
And pay the highest cost

And so in winter's night she wept 
Flung herself upon frozen stone

In the cold of night and end of plight 
She died there all alone 

Take heed in words which speak of her
Let us vow to always see

That even in poorest and least of us
Resides humanity 






© 2021 Carlos Lorenzo Estrada


Author's Note

Carlos Lorenzo Estrada
A folklore tale about the woman who would inspire the movie The Blair Witch. The truth if believed is worse than the legend for it reflects badly upon us as a species.

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Exceptionally fine piece of writing
I recently read a book written by a native Indian about their endless number of gods and beliefs
This reminds me much of it
I notice that A&W, after trying to promote vegan (?) burgers has stopped advertising them, a possible indication that we are not yet ready to stop consuming our four legged friends
Should have saved this for Halloween or can we expect even more spine chilling presentations


Posted 2 Months Ago


Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

2 Months Ago

I so thought about saving it for October but wasn't sure if it would resonate with anyone because of.. read more
“Deceptive lies of puritan faith”
Absolutely wonderful write.
Mans inhumanity to man….

Posted 2 Months Ago


Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

2 Months Ago

Thank you John for your comment. I admit it's a bit of an indictment on faith which can leave people.. read more
Burn the witch! Used to be enough to prove guilt, but as you point out, most grew from myth and became stories to scare kids and shut them up for a minute or two.
We grew up with Maggie Murphy'll get you... A witch like harridan who had metal teeth and lived in a graveyard. (like all us six year old were rocking through the cemetery of a night)
We knew they were lying, kind of, but we just chose to behave for a while, do what we were told, shut the hell up and freak out anytime we were near the ghostie (cemetery)
Parents always took it too far though and added hellish stories to make us weesht! (shut up) I remember my mum telling us to hold our breath going under tunnels or it would fall down. Years later, I still nearly pass out trying to hold my breath whilst driving through the Clyde tunnel 😊
But like I said, never believe this rubbish... Touch wood, fingers, knees and toes crossed 😊

Posted 2 Months Ago


Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

2 Months Ago

Thank you Lorry for your thoughts on this poem. Bloody Mary was a big thing growing up as a child. S.. read more
Hi Carlos.
Firstly, this piece has good rythm and flow which can make a poem more easy to read for some.
Secondly, the stories of our pasts are brutal, cruel and yes, I sometimes think that we were worse than beasts. Witchcraft, slavery etc. Just what are we humans capable of.
After reading John's review, I think I'd better have my last hamburger today.
Thanks for sharing.

Posted 2 Months Ago


Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

2 Months Ago

Thank you Pauline for your thoughts on this poem. I know that in some countries the cows are seen as.. read more
People of earlier eras took religion literally to help them deal with a life that was very uncertain. Thus things like witchcraft, which we don't take seriously today, were life and death matters to them. This is not to justify witch trials, which had ghastly results, only to explain how they came to be. Possibly a century hence, if veganism becomes mainline, our descendants will regard us as monsters for all the hamburgers we consumed.

Posted 2 Months Ago


Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

2 Months Ago

Very true many behaviors today which we consider normal and acceptable could have been seen as vile .. read more
Yes, this does reflect badly on those who are so judgmental that they feel they can do this....accuse and then burn to death.
A barren feeling from this...Stone Cold.
j.

Posted 2 Months Ago


Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

2 Months Ago

Thank you Jacob for your thoughts on this poem. The worst monster is the human one. Because its beha.. read more
This is so amazing, I enjoyed this write

Posted 2 Months Ago


Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

2 Months Ago

Thank you for your kind words. Its says alot that someone would be persecuted and treated inhumane b.. read more
Wow, what a grand, amazing and chilling piece! I would try and pick my favorite line, but each one was so beautifully haunting, I don’t know if I could. What you write here feels far more real than a horror movie, and that’s the type of scary stuff I’m interested in- not movies, much, but the real stuff and you described something so brutally realistic and yet you wrote it so wonderfully. It’s one of those breathtaking poems- thank you for sharing.

Posted 2 Months Ago


Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

2 Months Ago

Thank you Colacat for the kind comment on this piece. I feel just as you do that the inhumanity and .. read more

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