Coven Verse | 21. The World & 2. The High Priestess, by Catherine Fahey

Coven Verse is an ad-hoc Sunday night poetry series on Little Red Tarot, sharing witchy and magical writing from our community and beyond. Want to submit a poem? Send it – along with a brief bio – to

21. The World

Over thirteen billion years ago,
hot energy, massless, stopped
dancing and cooled into matter:

updown strangecharm topbottom
become carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen,
oxygen, phosphorus, sulfur.

Pangea shakes and splits into
Gondwana and Laurasia,
which drift and crash

displacing Argentinosaurus,
seeding mosses and ferns,
stranding the Galapagos tortoise

which was described in 1835
by a curious homo sapiens.

2. The High Priestess

When Hypatia solved algebra & geometry
When Hildegard examined causes & cures
When Dorotea Bucca chaired philosophy & medicine
When Margaret Cavendish observed experimental philosophy
When Ada Lovelace imagined poetical science
When Maria Mitchell saw her comet
When Mary Anning uncovered her ichthyosaur
When Caroline Herschel minded the heavens
When Annie Cannon ordered the stars
When Admiral Grace Hopper first compiled
When Mary Leakey found Paranthropus boisei
When Rachel Carson silenced spring
When Valentina Tereshkova flew Vostok 6
When cells were taken from Henrietta Lacks

Catherine Fahey

Catherine Fahey is a poet and librarian from Salem, Massachusetts. When she’s not reading and writing, she’s knitting or dancing. You can read more of her work at

Photo by João Silas on Unsplash.

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