Rita Lee

Rita Lee

A Poem by David Lewis Paget

Rita Lee
‘The villagers of La Sant Marie
Are beating upon our door,
What have you done, my Rita Lee,
What are they knocking for?
You haven’t been out and about again,
Playing your silly tricks,
I locked your broom in the closet room,
Your cape, I threw in the Styx.’

‘You’d better explain, my Rita Lee,
They stomped your hat in the mud,
And now they’re gathered around the house,
And some are calling for blood.
They took the chair to the ducking pond
And now they’re calling for you,
You’d better come down my Rita Lee
And tell me, what did you do?’

‘I only gave them their just desserts,
I filled their cellars with rats,
Then sent their cats to the countryside
And curdled all of their vats,
You know they’ve never been nice to me,
They called me a wanton b***h,
And even worse, when they really curse,
Accuse me of being a witch!’

‘But you are a witch, my Rita Lee,
Born with the evil eye,
You had a choice, you could just be nice,
Or bad, and you wonder why,
The villagers won’t put up with you,
You’re running right out of luck,
Remember my words at the village pond
When you’re about to be ducked.’

‘They might be in for a big surprise,’
Said Rita Lee as she fell
Into the arms of the villagers,
Kicking and cursing hell.
The little village La Sant Marie
Is empty of screams and wails,
I found her wand by the village pond
Along with hundreds of snails.

David Lewis Paget

© 2020 David Lewis Paget

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Loved the poetry.
Fun story.
One question: why did you change the meter in the last stanza? Just curious. It did seem to help “end” the story.

Thank you for sharing your work here.


Posted 1 Year Ago


Once again, you have penned a wonderfully delightful read that warms the heart and stirs the imagination ... Bravo ...!

Marvin Thomas Cox-Flynn de Graham

Posted 1 Year Ago

Good morning David,
I came across one of your reviews of Gees poetry, suggesting that he put his poem (Little Miss Muffet) into Stanzas..
I recently joined Writers Cafe and for the first time in my life I have been submitting my poems ~ Sonnets..
I knew nothing of stanzas until Richard contacted me and opened a whole new world for me.. What a fabulous adventure!
I so enjoyed your above poem and plan to read more of yours throughout the day.
If you find the time perhaps you might like to read the first one I submitted... Hand~In~Hand... a Sonnet...would appreciate your honest opinion as I am only now learning.
Lisa, now in Spain

Posted 2 Years Ago

ahahaha hello old friend David Lewis Paget! I have missed your rhythm, rhyme and tales ..i saw someone had reviewed one of your poems and came to see if it was new to me .. it was not .. but i am happy i found this one i had not read .. i hope all is well with you .. it has been a while .. this covid thing affecting everyone in one way or another ... peace health and joy to you sir.

Posted 3 Years Ago

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Added on May 30, 2020
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David Lewis Paget
David Lewis Paget

Moonta, South Australia, Australia