Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The Winter Witch

The Winter Witch takes in an injured phonograph record;
She could not bear to see a sister suffer.

All phonograph records are, of course, female.
Constellations, rain, roundabouts, all of these fall from the fingertips of the Goddess.

Men are as linear as the stories they like.
Trains, bullets, unwavering logic, all of these are spikes driven into a brick wall.

Women are round, and all begins inside their roundness.
Stars wheel in empathic dance with the Winter Witch's turntable.

But...I have said that her guest was wounded, and so she was.
A red polished nail in the groove brought sweetness, but also revealed broken blackness.

"Poor baby," soothed the Witch, and the world turned beneath them both;
It always does. All stories double back. Clocks obey the soft word, not the strident command.

The injured phonograph record could not be saved, but she could speak, and did so.
The Winter Witch lay down inside her, and called that night. She dreamed with a double voice.

"I don't understand a word you say," complained the Warlock, after that.
"Bless your heart," said the Winter Witch, and when she did, she sounded like the wind.


Cloudia said...

your mind is a special thing!

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Brian Miller said...

you can tell me fairy tales any time shay...and called that night....i love the roundness of women...

i do resent the linear man line...i dont like straight lines....

HermanTurnip said...

"I'll get you, and your little dog too!"

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Sigh. Pure heaven!

hedgewitch said...

You've wound my mind into the phonographic night, and I'm just hoping there's no blood on the speakers when I wake up. Never trust a Warlock--they have a big hangup about trying to get their hands on Ultimate Power...too bad that's round, too.

nene said...

linear thought can be understood in juxtapositional linearity and 'round', is that not the yin/yang of life?
"I am Man, as I sit back, hear me roar"

Mama Zen said...

This is so incredible. I adore this, Shay.

Daryl Edelstein said...

I believe your model is having a costume malfunction .. bless her heart .. never trust a warlock ..

Kerry O'Connor said...

Women are round, and all begins inside their roundness..

I love how you pursued this idea and juxtaposed it with the linear male. Such an interesting philosophy of gender.

K9friend said...

I loved this piece. Such a lovely comparison in contrast and images.

Critter Alley

TALON said...

I wanted the story to continue, Shay! :)

chloe said...

I love how her voice is amplified by the night inside her. It sounded like a double reeded instrument.

Lynn said...

I like that she said Bless your Heart at the end. :)

Joanna Jenkins said...

That was awesome. I especially liked the close.


xo jj

Anonymous said...

beautiful, magical, mystical and, OF COURSE, all that is round is female! it makes perfect sense! especially love the ending!!!

{giggle} just saw "Girl detective. Hates haiku." very succinct, FB!