The One-Eyed Witch

The One-Eyed Witch

A Poem by David Lewis Paget

Lavern lived down in the valley
Away from the village folk,
She didn’t want to be seen by them
Playing with eggs and yolk,
And skin of frog, an old dead dog
A toad and the eye of newt,
She only conjured them in the fog
When dressed in her birthday suit.

But I would see her abroad in the woods
From up in the old oak tree,
She flitted naked under a hood
Albeit most carelessly,
She liked to gather her toadstools there
And take her favourite bat,
Clinging onto her long, dark hair
And follow her magical cat.

The mushrooms grown in a Faery Ring
Were an ever present danger,
For goblins gathered them all themselves
For a goblin baby’s manger,
She’d lost an eye in a goblin pie
When he reached on out and plucked it,
She got it back, but the dwarf was sly
In the sauce she’d used, he’d ducked it!

I didn’t mind that she’d got one eye
For her thighs were well developed,
I thought I’d marry her, by and by,
Then she went with Rodney Mellop,
I wandered up to her window-sill
When I heard his sighs and moans,
I thought they must have been making love,
She was hanging up his bones.

I must admit that it calmed me down,
That it put a damper on it,
I’d watched him lie in her pot and drown 
As she danced in a pretty bonnet,
His bones she pulled from the boiling stew
And made wind chimes from his femurs,
At night they sound like a xylophone
In a madhouse full of dreamers.

David Lewis Paget

© 2016 David Lewis Paget

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such a good ending I really like this thanks for sharing.

Posted 2 Years Ago

I absolutely adore this poem. Particularly the last lines, "At night they sound like a xylophone/ In a madhouse full of dreamers." A masterful conjuring of images in just these two lines! Thank you for sharing such a great piece.

Posted 3 Years Ago

Such a twist to the end of this tale...good write...David...

Posted 3 Years Ago

David, is, I know, rightly well liked and is featured a lot on various sites. Good poem.

Posted 3 Years Ago

Awesome tale of the unexpected Dawei.
Will make me stop and think think time a woman asks me in for a meal methinks.

Posted 3 Years Ago

A very entertaining tale. Better to be second best than the soup. Thank you David for for the amazing story in the poetry.

Posted 3 Years Ago

Haha! Ol' Lavern! This is great, I was smiling from the beginning. I so love your poetry David, it makes me so happy! I try to read at least one a day :)

Posted 3 Years Ago

Thanks to Valentine's share, I'm glad I didn't miss this one. (Haven't been online as much in recent weeks). I love this for the playfulness, imagination, storyline, & excellent details. Your construction is perfection. Your mind is sprouting amazing ideas outside the dots to put together a tight enjoyable story here.

Posted 3 Years Ago

A great bit of writing here, David. Good story, rhyming and meter. It flows nicely. Good write

Posted 3 Years Ago

I must say you have strange taste in women. This one made quite an indulging read especially because the witch remained true to her craft and you kept the distance.

Posted 3 Years Ago

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18 Reviews
Added on November 29, 2016
Last Updated on November 29, 2016
Tags: toad, newt, naked, goblin


David Lewis Paget
David Lewis Paget

Moonta, South Australia, Australia



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