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Friday, April 08, 2011

Poem for Big Tent Poetry

A Baker's Dozen

legend says
the thirteenth witch
frees the owlies

rabid shrieks
shear the night
stir the coven's twelve

a baker's dozen
makes the tipping point
sets off backstabbing

thirteen witches
whistle up the demons
so says the legend
 
 
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21 comments:

thingy said...

ooooooh, I love it. : )

flaubert said...

Susan, I just love this, spooky and well told.

Pamela

Jingle said...

smart one.

versebender said...

Thirteen witches...gave me a chill...very well written. Vb

Sue J said...

This struck a chord with me as I bought a book yesterday called The Owl Killers - about witchcraft and the Dark Ages. Stirring poem.

Mr. Walker said...

I like that third stanza, thirteen being the tipping point, and the title is perfect.

Mad Kane said...

Nicely strange. :)

Mad Kane

gautami tripathy said...

Surreal and beautiful...

order of the day

brenda w said...

Oh my good golly me oh... I love this poem! I read it again and again. Thank you!

Uma said...

Wow ! A tale of gore. I love the shreaks shearing the night.

LKHarris-Kolp said...

Mysterious and witty!

rlavalette said...

...whistle up the demons... I like this very much. well done.

Kelly said...

Deliciously chilling. Love the alliteration in "rabid shrieks shear the night."

nan said...

I can hear the narrator dramatically reciting this - with a sparkle and wink in the eye. Especially liked the imagery in the lines:

rabid shrieks
shear the night

irenet23 said...

It's got a legendary feel. Anything with witches is interesting.

Jeanne Aguilar said...

Spooooky and fun!

Crafty Green Poet said...

spooky poem!

Mary said...

Nice legend ;-) So many witches... Could be a Witches' Congress :-)

namingconstellations said...

Suitably unsettling, and that picture... yow. Makes me think of the legendary associations between witches and screech owls.

Deb said...

Love the title and how it goes to something so completely surprising. (I loved this prompt. So rich!)

Gordon Mason said...

Enjoyed this, Susan!