Witchdoctors

Witchdoctors

A Poem by S.zaynab.kamoonpury
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In Africa where I've settled for ages Witchdoctors are highly rampant so I wrote on that

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The poor child groaned


while his mother moaned


''Ah, he's possessed,


Oh, he's been bewitched'',


Superstition bemoaned

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To the witchdoctor she sped


and was back with murky potions


such yucky stinky lotions


Those mythical concoctions


The woman obeyed the wily witchdoctor


Placed belief in that traditional healer


and the poor child still groaned


but his mama no longer moaned


After two days of tribal treatment


and no lessening of predicament


she thought he needed something more potent


When all it turned out to be was a toothache dent!


But she would hear of no dentist


Like all quacks her witchdoctor had fooled her five senses


For his spells and his chants


and his mystical dance


held her too in a trance


Quite a weird weirdo is he


Beware the medicine- man!


The devious cunning shaman


Beware that vodoo magic and witchcraft


That so survive on the gullible and the daft.


Yet I was warned to be wary of pharmaceuticals too


They can be harmful chemicals in the long run for you

© 2020 S.zaynab.kamoonpury


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S.zaynab.kamoonpury
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All cultures, the most primitive to the most advanced, have their "witchdoctors." This poem certainly speaks to that and how we assign credibility and status to those who've convinced us of their healing powers. The US pharmaceutical industry has done this for many years, marketing their pills to the masses. We're now the most medicated country on the planet, and plagued with addiction. Your "warning" is one we should embrace. A powerful write with an important message for all people.

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

1 Year Ago

Amen on your comments about big pharm!
S.zaynab.kamoonpury

1 Year Ago

Hi poet Ray, yes true all cultures have them, ah yes the pharma is everywhere marketing so many pill.. read more
R.E. Ray

1 Year Ago

You're welcome. Always a pleasure.



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Ahh yes we have to be our own advocate when it comes to medical treatment of any kind. Sometimes traditional medicine is the way to go and sometimes homeopathic is the way to go but do your own research

Posted 1 Month Ago


Dealing with medicines and doctors is a time-honored tradition
Who knows, possibly that witch doctor had a reasonable amount of success just because of her power of will
The face mask is the big question mark now
Wonder what the witch doctor feels about them
Real good write

Posted 9 Months Ago


S.zaynab.kamoonpury

9 Months Ago

Witch doctors don't succeed in treating with their chants and spells but sometimes they become herba.. read more
Really appreciate the sentiment of this. Shows much of the foolishness and hypocrisy that exists these days. A really well written modern day parable

Posted 9 Months Ago


S.zaynab.kamoonpury

9 Months Ago

I'm glad you like this and realise the ignorance , which is present among followers of witch doctors.. read more
many forms of witch doctors exist Zaynab in the states people still believe that vaccinations cause all sorts of maladies the group actually paid a very reputable scientific organization to do a full blown medical study to prove them right and because the study is unbiased the results were honest and the results were negative and the silly group refused to publish the results:) The point being they created this belief that vaccinations caused autism and it was widely spread and believed so now we are seeing a resurgence in those diseases because so many people refused to VAX their children and the "Cure" from autism has caused more sickness. Irony of ironies:( lack of education and perpetuation of... is the culprit of all sorts of ill health be it a witch doctor or a charlatan the most important ingredient is ignorance

Posted 11 Months Ago


S.zaynab.kamoonpury

11 Months Ago

Woah that's really disturbing, though I can't fully trust the big pharma completely, some things do .. read more

an intriguing poem indeed..

I have previously worked in a West African Psychiatric Hospital and many of the patients feared western treatment far more than some of the stuff I prescribed (although I must add, much of the medication that got to the hospital was often old and out of date donated stuff).. it also tended to have unpleasant side effects.. Many of my patients looked forward to and responded better to the twice weekly visits by the local witchdoctor or medicine man...

I learnt a lot about faith and different cultures during my times there.....

Posted 11 Months Ago


S.zaynab.kamoonpury

11 Months Ago

Yayy that is very interesting, and nice to know you are a doctor and a traveled poet! I was born in.. read more
Neat view...

Belief IS in the eyes of the patient... whether given a placebo or an herb potion, an antibiotic, even an FDA-approved drug. Showmanship counts... coat and tie, lab coat, scrubs, even shaman's trappings have expectations.

Posted 11 Months Ago


S.zaynab.kamoonpury

11 Months Ago

Thanks soo much for your wise great thoughts, you have a splendid thinkers outlook on things, it's a.. read more
What a wonderful ode to the quacks. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this.

Posted 1 Year Ago


S.zaynab.kamoonpury

1 Year Ago

Hi, thanks soo much for the review, I'm super glad you enjoyed this . The quacks are everywhere so a.. read more
Very interesting poem and it's still a thing that is continued in many countries.

Posted 1 Year Ago


S.zaynab.kamoonpury

1 Year Ago

Ah yes it's still practiced. Warmest thanks for nice comment, will pop in to yours soon too.
JungLee

1 Year Ago

Thank you. PLease review my poems c:
All cultures, the most primitive to the most advanced, have their "witchdoctors." This poem certainly speaks to that and how we assign credibility and status to those who've convinced us of their healing powers. The US pharmaceutical industry has done this for many years, marketing their pills to the masses. We're now the most medicated country on the planet, and plagued with addiction. Your "warning" is one we should embrace. A powerful write with an important message for all people.

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

1 Year Ago

Amen on your comments about big pharm!
S.zaynab.kamoonpury

1 Year Ago

Hi poet Ray, yes true all cultures have them, ah yes the pharma is everywhere marketing so many pill.. read more
R.E. Ray

1 Year Ago

You're welcome. Always a pleasure.
The pull of cultural ties, passed down through the ages. Almost brain washing. How do you change the habits of a lifetime? And then pharmaceuticals, not everyone is convinced by their effectiveness. Given the two I know which one I would opt for though. An interesting and well conveyed subject matter Zay Zay.

Chris

Posted 1 Year Ago


Gee

1 Year Ago

I've been told that the only known vaccine for the coronavirus is to go into your local Chinese rest.. read more
Gee

1 Year Ago

luck..lick
Christine Anne Shaw

1 Year Ago

Ha ha Gee, you mischief maker

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