Tuesday, 30 October 2012

100 word challenge week 64

This week Julia's challenge is to create a recipe fit for a witch.
Now, I thought about this when I read it and decided to try to  do something different to what I expect the others to do, for after all witches do not have to be bad do they?

This time of the year, with Haloween looming (and I hope the forecast is correct so that the trick or treaters stay home) it is all too easy to slip into bad witch territory.

So, here is mine- hope you like it. If it seems somewhat confusing see the note at the end :)

Comments good or bad welcomed. 

(By the way, have I ever mentioned that I own not one, but two little black cats? ) 

                                      >^..^<         >^..^<       

A breath of air,
From a mother’s kiss silver dust,
From a butterfly’s wing a newborn babe,
Suckling from the breast an orb spider
Weaving her intricate web.

Sparkling dewdrops,
From snowdrop’s petals a fizz,
From a sherbert dip a tender kiss,
From a lover to his sweetheart a glorious tune,
From a skylark  warmth.

From the midday sun a flicker,
From  a fire gentle purring,
From a sleeping cat bubbles rise,
From a freshwater brook hope springs ,
From an eternal optimist.

Lastly I will stir it once, twice, thrice.
My recipe for a future not yet told.

If this all seems somewhat random, I used the poem , "I saw a peacock with a fiery tail" as my inspiration; it is a poem I have often used in class with children to stimulate creativity. http://www.potw.org/archive/potw193.html

I adore poetry and love teaching it to children ; if I was in charge of the curriculum I would have far more emphasis on it because it is such a rich and varied genre of writing. But I'm not , so I just do it as much as I can.  And I wouldn't be without this book http://www.amazon.co.uk/Rhyme-Not-Teaching-Children-Poetry/dp/0340611480/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1351617050&sr=1-1 
I have been in the classroom for more than 20 years now and have not found a better poetry book than this.


  1. Love the poem and how you written it. :-)

  2. Took me a moment to realise :-). Might it work even better entirely without punctuation?

    Thanks for the link to the Peacock, I didn't know it. Made me think of Prévert's raton laveur, love that one too. Is the book useful for adults?

    1. That's an interesting comment...I first wrote sans punctuation but thought it looked better with. But now,not so sure.
      Not heard f Prevert...will google :-) I'd say the book is useful for anyone interested in poetry...

  3. Anna I think this is possibly one of the best pieces of writing I've read of yours. Hope you're realy proud of it.

    The first time I read it through I wondered the same as Delft, whether it might be better without punctuation at all. But then I read it a second time and decided it's better the way you have written it - I really like the different images that get thrown up by the quirky punctuation.

    I wouldn't change a thing in this :-)

    1. Thank you SJ, I did enjoy this one. Still not really sure poetry is my thing..bu it does ensure that I don't waffle on ;)

    2. I'd say poetry is definitely your thing!

  4. Anna, this is beautiful. I love the idea of a good witch spell. Nice witches are sometimes called White Witches.

    1. Thanks Ali, glad you liked it.
      I love the idea of white witches ;)

  5. Hooray for white witches! this is lovely Anna :-)

    1. Thanks; I couldn't be doing with a gory one !

  6. Lovely poem and great to see a magic brew that's full of nice things!

    1. Thanks; I didn't fancy making a gruesome concoction.