“Her Kind” by Anne Sexton

Religious Freedom.

My great-grandmother came to America for religious freedom.

She was Catholic ; she was not Anglican.

My family arrived on these shores in pursuit of Freedom.

Religious bigotry runs Deep Deep Deep.

I have encountered this for being Catholic .

What? Really?


I also follow the Moon cycles and honor the seasons.

I use herbs to heal my family.

“I have been her kind…”

yes I have.

Women die everyday defending their rights,

their freedoms, their families.

I am proud to say

“I have been her kind…”


I dedicate this to the Women executed in Salem, Ma in 1692

Religious intolerance at its worst.

“Founded in 1626, it seems like the little town of Salem will forever be remembered for the witch trials of 1692 that resulted in the execution of 20 innocent people. Ironically, the name Salem was derived from the word Shalom, meaning peace – but intolerance and violence marked the early beginnings of this Puritan City.”



Her Kind


I have gone out, a possessed witch,

haunting the black air, braver at night;

dreaming evil, I have done my hitch

over the plain houses, light by light:

lonely thing, twelve-fingered, out of mind.

A woman like that is not a woman, quite.

I have been her kind.

I have found the warm caves in the woods,

filled them with skillets, carvings, shelves,

closets, silks, innumerable goods;

fixed the suppers for the worms and the elves:

whining, rearranging the disaligned.

A woman like that is misunderstood.

I have been her kind.

I have ridden in your cart, driver,

waved my nude arms at villages going by,

learning the last bright routes, survivor

where your flames still bite my thigh

and my ribs crack where your wheels wind.

A woman like that is not ashamed to die.

I have been her kind.

Anne Sexton, “Her Kind” from The Complete Poems of Anne Sexton (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1981). Copyright © 1981 by Linda Gray Sexton and Loring Conant,

~ by Step On a Crack on April 25, 2012.

5 Responses to ““Her Kind” by Anne Sexton”

  1. I love the nature faiths. They help me stay grounded in the rituals of mother earth and our solar system. If I can remember to check the phase of the moon regularly, I can more easily stay grounded. Why? Because I’m aware of my surroundings. great post. thanks


    • Dear Louise,

      I love to find a deeper connection with you on this fine morning! I too, watch the moon cycles and find that I am able to stay more centered and get more done (on the spiritual front) when I am in tune with nature and Her cycles. What a joy to read this comment from you!

      Have a wonderful Wonder Filled day,



  2. You know i’m in love with the Mother of all Mothers … not just you 😉 Nature in all her beauty and wrath … oh yea. Love you, MEL.


  3. Well, Jen–today you’re my teacher: I was unaware that Salem derived from Shalom–WOW! Terrible irony, but then many ironies are. God bless you. love, Caddo


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