Mystery and Crime Poetry posted November 9, 2015

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Voodoo spell for a jilted love

Voodoo In Georgia

by Linda Engel

The author has placed a warning on this post for violence.
Along the Carolina and Georgia coast
Whisper the cries of many a ghost
The Gullah and Geechee speak a language their own
Back in the tidal waters, where night creatures roam.

Down near Savannah where society won't walk
Back in the pines where crows croup and caw
Back to the graves where potions are conjured
Lives the voodoo princess, Mon Saundra.

It was there that I took a deadly risk
Money in my pocket, my walk was brisk
Mon Saundra would conjure a deadly spell
As I explain to the matron my woeful tale.

My beau tossed me aside for that Sally Dupree
Thinks she's the prettiest  in high society
He left me scorned at the Hollow Eve's Ball
How dare he choose her, my tears gently fall.

Moans moved through the long, dripping moss
Full moon lighted the crusted iron cross
Mon Saundra stood in the full voodoo dress
Piercing eyes glowed, her arms out stretched

Her boney fingers curled, beckoned me near
I rendered the money and made myself clear
"This curse best work on Miss Sally Dupree"
"Id will by da morning. Trust me. You'll see."

Mon Saundra chanted and wailed out the night
I quivered in fear and ran from her sight
Back to my home where people were crying
Soon word got about  Miss Sally was dying.

My beau was with Sally at her death bed
Telling the news that they had secretly wed
He would love no other and took out a knife
Declared his sorrow and took his own life.

I lost my once beau and I lost my once friend
And this is where the grieved story ends
For in my hate I caused their doomed slaughter
When a deal was made with the devil's daughter.



This is a Picture This challenge.

Gullah and Geechee are the descendants of slaves . They speak in a broken French/American brogue that is hard to understand. The Gullah live in South Carolina and the Geechee live from Tybee Island/Savannah down to Sapelo Island. Sapelo Island was given to the slaves of the rich rice farm owner after they were given their freedom. Their families live there still today.

Black magic and spells are still practiced, just not talked about in polite company. Did you read "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil"? So thoroughly Savannah.

Beau: What you call your boyfriend

Moss: the long, grey Spanish moss that hangs from the oaks and pines filled with tiny bugs that get up under your skin

Thank you for the colorful picture by Frida. I know it is a work of art but it reminds me of voodoo .

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