Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette

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Poem: "The Sugar Witch"

This poem came out of the April 3, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] peoriapeoriawhereart. It also fills the "sweet" square in my 1-31-18 "You Are" card for the Valentines Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] daisiesrockalot.

Warning: This poem includes some controversial topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It has references to domestic violence, and the implied use of magic to kill people. If these are touchy topics for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

"The Sugar Witch"

Everyone knows
that children go to
the Sugar Witch for
little wishes and spells
to do well in school.

They're cast in lollipops
or made of cotton candy,
and the magic only lasts
for a day, but it makes
the little ones smile.

When the girls grow up,
then they go back to
the Sugar Witch for
wedding cake toppers
made of blown sugar.

Then they want wishes
for a happy home and
healthy babies, that will last
for years. They get sculptures
of a kissing couple, and smile.

What most people don't know
is that the Sugar Witch also makes
secret talismans made of spun sugar,
then dipped in water to melt the frame
so that only the magic remains.

Invisible, all but intangible,
these are the artifacts she gives
to the young women with black eyes
and heavy hearts who secretly wish that
their husbands would never come home.

Most people think that art is always sweet,
that love is always kind, and everyone lives
happily ever after, but the Sugar Witch knows
that some art is bitter, some love is brutal, and
magic can use the one to solve the other.
Tags: cyberfunded creativity, family skills, fantasy, fishbowl, gender studies, magic, poem, poetry, reading, weblit, writing
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