Tuesday, October 19, 2021

WEP - The Scream


Lucky 13

The day I turned thirteen

I discovered a witch's abode

hidden deep in the woods

abandoned under the overgrowth,

a little hut, just an old shack

but finding a door

a warm fire and more

it was a blessing for a young girl

needing rescue

I found an old book

and gave it a look

opened the page and

read the oddest verse,

I laughed at the absurdity

but read with intent

"simply voice these words

and see your wish true"

the years passed

memories faded

until one night

his love turned cruel

his abuse grew

I didn't know what to do

on Halloween night,

it came to a head

he laughed himself silly

as he threatened to kill me

I fell to my knees

and said with hands folded,

those silly words,

I'd once read

in that magic book

forgive me, dear, 

no menace intended

I only wish

that you are blessed

with your own intent,

he laughed again

and raised the knife

the walls shook, 

and the floors clattered

then with a torrent

came hundreds of creatures abhorrent,

a foot in length, 

with multiple legs

they moved with intent

toward the threat

he screamed bloody murder

and tried to fight

but they covered him fully

then in a wisp of white vapor,

he and they 

were all gone

and to this day

I've heard not a word

my bruises have healed

and my heart too

that shack in the woods

is now my home

            The Magic Den

is where I cast spells,

and grant wishes

 my new stock in trade

so if you need aid,

 don't be afraid

just open the book

    the right spell will appear

       for the dark arts know

          the one you fear!


Tagline: 13 can be a very lucky number.

Yolanda Renée (C) 2021


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  1. Love it, Yolanda! He certainly got what he deserved. 👏👏👏 Shades of "Practical Magic" and "The Mummy", two favourite movies with similar scenes. 😎

    1. I guess there is no original idea. Thanks for letting me know.

  2. Hi Renee - absolutely wonderful ... love it - and yes 13 is my lucky number - always has been ... fantastic poem to read - congratulations - cheers Hilary

  3. I loved this! It was such a great story, and I'm glad her abusiver got what he deserved. My daughter's birthday is April 13th so 13 is lucky for me too.

    1. Love it, my sister's birthday is April 13th. Thanks, Natalie!

  4. It has the voice of a powerful woman with no regrets. I love it!

  5. Fabulous!I'm glad she remembered the words and re-found the home!

  6. Every abused person wishes they could do this. But boy, how scary. If I were there, I'd freak at all those bugs. Well done.

  7. Love it! Love it! Love it! I wish it was a true story. Great post, Renee.

    1. Thanks, Olga, I wish so too. I'd love to have a cabin in the woods and grant wishes. :)

  8. I'm glad he got what he deserved! Thank you for sharing such an imaginative and compelling tale!

  9. Lucky thirteen for sure. I love your poem. I’m glad she never forgot the words and used them to get rid of her abuser. Cool ending…living in the magic den and casting spells and granting wishes.

    1. Always has been for me! Hi, Lenny, wish I were there now!

  10. A serious issue tackled with a light touch. Glad she was able to get rid of her abuser. Always love reading poetry entries for the challenge! :)

    1. Thanks, Nila. A very serious issue! Wish there was a way to scare the Hell out of the abuser...or is that the abuser to Hell?

  11. I am happy that her days of abuse are over. It is amazing what an abused person will endure before they say enough.
    Shalom aleichem

    1. The abused will endure too much, will find excuse after excuse, will go to their death. I think it's a form of surrender, of giving up when no answer is in sight.

  12. Enchanting narrative poem Yolanda. Full of pace and exquisite rhymes. Thanks for this surprising take on the prompt.

    1. Thank you, Susan, it the kind of month that calls for it!

  13. So glad that he got his just desserts Yolanda. You fora great poem!

  14. If only it were that easy to end abuse. Even if the wishes were only in her mind, I hope she finds strength to escape him.

    1. If only! So true. But it's perfect for a Halloween tale. Thanks, Denise.

  15. Lesson learned: Don't mess with women.

  16. Wonderful, and EVILISHLY whimsical! Enjoyed the images as well, it added to the prose.

    1. Thanks Michael, wanted to break it up since it was so long.

  17. Such a clever, fun poem with a remarkable rhythm. 'he laughed himself silly/as he threatened to kill me' - look at that wonderful juxtaposition of words that would be quite unrelated to each other.

  18. This was super, Yolanda! Loved it! How I wish I would find such a shack and such a book! ;P

    1. I know what you mean, me too! :) Thanks, Shilpa!

  19. So glad he got his just rewards. Very lovely poem, Yolanda.

    1. Thanks, Neel! Welcome to the WEP. Your entry was lovely and heartbreaking!

  20. Always like tales where the villain gets his just rewards :) Nice one!

  21. I like the power behind this. Using the spells for protection in the end is a great way to weave magic. There's some rhyme and rhythm mixed in too.

  22. Adore this poetic piece, Yolanda. And 13 is lucky, it's the number of the Moon so all who follow that Goddess. For me. it's second only to lucky 8.


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