Sticks and Crones

“You’re such a witch!”

As if that’s a bad thing?

I stifle a laugh,

plot with which potion

your coffee to taint.

Insult me at will, I’ve been called much worse.

My cauldron erupts effervescently.


“You’re such a witch!”

I nod my agreement.

And you are a toad.

Just stating a fact;

I’m not calling names.

Croak your rebuttal, alas to no end.

Gaze into yon pond, your true self to see.


dVerse Poetics — Halloweeny Humans.

Today’s dVerse challenge, as hosted by Lisa, is to write a Halloween-themed poem that speaks to a human attribute that we find particularly irritating. For me, it is name-calling. The poem form, for extra credit, is called a duodora, which you can read about on the dVerse site.

About Maggie C

Stained glass artist, writer, respecter of life.
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20 Responses to Sticks and Crones

  1. VJ Knutson says:

    Ha ha ha! Love it. Made me laugh.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. msjadeli says:

    Maggie, you tickled my funny bone with this one. Wonderful title. I really like how you flipped the script on the name caller and then toadified the culprit. “Gaze into yon pond, your true self to see.” Indeed! Candy corn quota earned, congratulations!

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  3. Grace says:

    This was so fun to read – I love the lines and form.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. robtkistner says:

    Oh my temper temper… 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Ingrid says:

    Let he (or she) who is without sin cast the first stone, indeed!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Helen Dehner says:

    A great duodora … calling names this time is fun.

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  7. sanaarizvi says:

    I so love this one! Gorgeous use of rhyme and yes name-calling is a big no no for me too! 💝💝

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Beverly Crawford says:

    Not exactly love at first sight here! So many frogs to kiss, but then I toad you so!

    Liked by 1 person

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