Thursday, 17 April 2014

Fairies and Witches


Fairies and witches.

A large black oak, (I knew through the nature table
in the classroom),
was the dwelling place of the black evil witch
with bony fingers, and the nose of a crow
sprouting warts and hairs, and sporting the
black gown of nuns who lived
on the corner where we used to thread daisies
into chains.

I was the witch.
The other girls were always fairies,
pink and white, pig tailed and right
about almost anything to do
with butterflies and the best wings.
I was the witch. I ran screaming,
my heart beating, after the angels.
They would turn, smiling, shrieking
and hit me -
bad witch that I was.

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