Pantoum and witchcraft

Paul Brookes has posted the contributions to two of his challenges today. Last week’s form was the pantoum. You can read them all here.

This is mine. More moss hedgehogs.

Cleaning the moss from the roof tiles

When you scraped the roof,
small mossy heaps
of dry grey ghosts
lay scattered around the house

Small mossy heaps,
once green hedgehogs, roof-rootling,
lay scattered around the house
amid more drought debris.

Once green hedgehogs, roof-rootling
Beneath a brazen sky,
amid more drought debris,
await the cooling of the year.

Beneath a brazen sky,
we gather up cool shadows,
await the cooling of the year,
greening with the touch of autumn.

We gather up cool shadows
of dry grey ghosts,
greening with the touch of autumn,
from when you scraped the roof.

Today is also Day 3 of his Folktober challenge, and the inspiration was this illustration of Baba Yaga

Forest women

Forest women lived in witch light,
drank the blood of children,
flew the night on crow-back.

Hags, unloved, lived alone
with their magic, grudgingly useful,

until the lean times and sick times
offered them up, wizened fruit
on unconsecrated branches.

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

6 thoughts on “Pantoum and witchcraft”

  1. I like your pantoum. It’s different for you–like your language mixed with shorter Kerfe lines. (Not sure if that makes sense.)

    My poem for the folktober challenge tomorrow has the same themes as yours today. 🙂

    1. I wonder if that’s because I tried to write a rhyming poem and it got too cumbersome so I pared it down to easy to handle lines!
      I used the Merrow since I did witches today. You must have used the witchcraft image.

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