Some Types of Witch Stories

Stories About Witches That Are Actually About Men

The Crucible. Macbeth. Stardust. Chronicles of Narnia. Harry Potter. The Blair Witch Project. The Witches. The Chrestomanci Chronicles.

Stories About Witches That Are Actually About Women

The Wizard of Oz. Wicked. Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Bewitched.  Charmed. Hocus Pocus. Practical Magic. The Craft. Halloweentown. Witches of East End. The Witch of Blackbird Pond. A Mirror for Witches.

Stories About Witches in Which the Witch is Not a Human

Macbeth. Stardust. Chronicles of Narnia. The Witches. The Blair Witch Project. The Wizard of Oz.

More Notes on a Play About Witches

5) Witch is just a name for women who did things

6) Witch is just a name for women

7) Witches knew things we will never know again and did things we will never do again but they also did things we do every day and will do every day forever

8) Witches should appear in dreams and also histories and is Witch a name women ever gave themselves or only a name they were given and can they reclaim it now can we reclaim it now and what would be the purpose of reclaim it to say we have magic to say we have power because we do but also we don’t and would it help us or hurt us to say look I am a witch and have someone say but where are your pentagrams where is the dark smoke where is satan with his hooves and we say, no, not that kind of witch

Notes on a Play About Witches

1) Witches are women which means witches are me which means the play should be funny but also not funny at all

2) Witches were women which means witches are history which means witches were real and also doctors and also dead

3) Witches and Wiccans are the same but also totally unrelated

4) Witch is just a name for women who did things men didn’t like back when things were very different than they are now but also not different at all

Remember

Remember when she said I don’t know anymore remember when she said it’s cute when you do that remember when she said don’t you run away from me remember when she said you’re so competent you figure it out remember when we worked less and partied more remember when partying all night long made you sick but you chugged water threw up chugged more water and went to class anyway remember when partying all night long seemed impossible until you did it and then it seemed impossible to ever go home before the party stopped remember that remember her remember me?

Is This It?

Seven people stand looking up at the sky as a meteor comes crashing down.

PERSON 1: Is this the end?

PERSON 2: The end of what?

Boom. Reset.Seven people stand looking up at the sky as a meteor comes crashing down.

PERSON 1: Is this the end?

PERSON 2: The end for who?

Boom. Reset. Seven people stand looking up at the sky as a meteor comes crashing down.

PERSON 1: Is this it? Is this all there is?

PERSON 2: What more do you want?

PERSON 1: I want more time.

PERSON 3: I want more time.

PERSON 4: I want more time.

PERSON 5: I want more time.

PERSON 6: Time doesn’t stop just because we do.

Boom. Reset.

The Women

She presses a cold damp cloth to the woman’s head she walks with her in circles around the room she burns sage she sings songs of healing and life and birth and the future she sings songs to invoke the past, past wisdom, past strong hands pulling bloody bundles of life from the warm she hands the woman glasses of water and honey and rubs her back and they count the number of women that came before count the number of breaths between the pain count the stars as they appear in the falling dusk count the number of pushes between the pain count the cries of the child among the most beautiful sounds they have ever heard.

The woman falls.

The woman lives.

The men come with their locks and keys and fear and flame.

What If?

I walk through the grocery store I see food I categorize it I think perishable, non-perishable, useful, non-useful I think if a riot broke out in this store right now what would I grab? A can of tomatoes, one in each hand? A bag of frozen chicken thighs? If I’m lucky enough to be in the half an aisle dedicated to kitchen equipment I could take a ladle or a rolling pin. I spend extra time in the kitchen equipment aisle.

I’ve lost eight pocket knives to airport security, and a pepper spray, and a set of brass knuckles. Six times the guy laughed at me. One time he lectured me.

I run through it in my head if I needed to get out of here in five minutes what would I take? What’s the route? Phone, wallet, charger, knife, backpack, food, sweater, sweatshirt, raincoat, the good shoes, extra socks, bandages, soap, towel, did that take too long? It took too long am I dead? I’m dead.

I run through it again. I run through it again. I run through it again. No mistakes. I got this. I’ll live. No mistakes.