The Crafty Women of Mintz

The Crafty Women of Mintz

A Poem by David Lewis Paget

It was only a tiny village then

Away from the thoroughfare,

Had existed since I don’t know when

With a grassy village square,

There were only seven ancient cars

In the narrow village streets,

And none of them travelled very far

For the shop stocked milk, and treats.


It hadn’t seen much of progress since

The days of old King John,

Who’d lost his jewels in The Wash, by Mintz

Near the town of Oberon,

The villagers there were set in ways

That caused nobody harm,

But when Lars came from Oberon

There was cause to feel alarm.


For Lars was the local planner for

The town of Oberon,

He’d dragged it kicking and screaming

Into the century just gone,

He’d widened streets, and cancelled Meets

In the old stone Mason’s Hall,

By bulldozing their building, leaving

Folk with a low stone wall.


He’d passed it all with an ordinance

That had given him total power,

The council caved to his arrogance,

All that he did was glower,

He put street lights on the corners, and

He acted like a prince,

And when he was done with Oberon

He set his sights on Mintz.


He drove on down to their village square

And he said it wouldn’t do,

He’d turn the square to a thoroughfare

So the cars could drive right through,

He didn’t care when the people there

Said ‘Leave our square alone!’

He said, ‘I’m passing an ordinance,

So you might as well go home.’


The local hall was agog that night

There’d never been such a crowd,

The villagers all were up in arms,

‘This fool shouldn’t be allowed!’

‘This calls for a special meeting,’ said

The spokesman, Rupert Bragg,

‘We’ll have to call on the village witch,

The widow, Nancy Stag!’


They all poured out of the village hall

And they went to see the witch,

Who was busily mixing potions in

A cauldron and a dish,

‘You’ll not be needing my magic,’ said

Old Nancy, with a smile,

‘If you all agree with my plan, you’ll see,

That Lars will run a mile.’


She asked the women to stay behind

While the men went on their way,

‘I mean the ones over seventy,

The rest can go or stay,’

They huddled up with the village witch

And applauded Nancy’s plan,

‘We’ll send him scuttling off from Mintz,

You’ll see, he’s only a man!’


When Lars came down in his private car

They met him in the square,

Holding banners and placards, but

That’s not what made him stare,

‘You’d better get back to Oberon

Or we’ll march there, for our rights,’

He turned, and hurriedly left the square,

They all were dressed in tights!’


David Lewis Paget

© 2014 David Lewis Paget

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excellent tale David...wonderfully written...

Posted 5 Years Ago

another fine tale of dastardly deeds from your pen of life, ladies over 70 in tights! i guess that must be a scary sight, certainly worked for them haha

Posted 5 Years Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

hahahahahaa.... yep. Seems there's a history lesson to be learned here... marching in tights... kinda catchy. I think Lars was worried about losing HIS jewels like old King John.....HA.

Posted 5 Years Ago

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"You'd better get back to Oberon!", they cried,
And he fled, nor paused to dicker
For the Ladies of Mintz, their eyes aglint
Were clad in naught but knickers!

Glad to see that the Prince (Printz?) of the Macabre had a tongue-in-cheek side, as well!

Posted 5 Years Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

HA! how intensely shielded and masked, oh how I hope that last line is a euphemism! well done.

Posted 5 Years Ago

I understood this perfectly. ALthough it would have had more shock value if you'd somehow had them dressed in much less than tights...

Or perhpas "tights" is a euphimism for something else...?

Posted 5 Years Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

I'm sorry. For the first time, I must admit -- I don't get it. It's a great tale. But, I don't know what them being dressed in tights is about. Sorry.

Posted 5 Years Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

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Added on November 10, 2014
Last Updated on November 10, 2014
Tags: village, planner, Oberon, square


David Lewis Paget
David Lewis Paget

Moonta, South Australia, Australia



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