General Poetry posted October 4, 2017


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ABAB Poem inspired by Shakespeare's Witches

Eye of Newt Will Not Suffice

by Leineco




     Eye of newt and toe of frog
     might just as well be lollipops -
     they'll not produce a draught of grog
        to match youth's gall in steady drops.

     Brewed in kettle's burbling depth
     
wool of bat and tongue of dog
     waft neither heft nor sweeping breadth
        of arrogance's heady fog.

     
Fire burn and cauldron bubble
     renders broth, not wicked potions!
     The recipe for conjuring trouble:
        steep hubris in vat of churning emotions.

     In absence of a stirring rod
     you'll not concoct a pleasant blend;
     it leaves effect of yeast quite flawed 
        thus leavens not the wrench and rend

     of turbid roller coaster ride
     that puberty plus chutzpa brings.
     A steady hand and will to guide
        can curb coarse tongue's self-righteous slings.

     But if it's bitter ale you seek
     
let adder's fork and blood-worm stings
     ferment to stink of caustic pique
        that flays the flesh and clips the wings

     of those who ache to soar aloft
     but stumble 'neath the weight of jibes
     or priggish doubts in smugness scoffed
        through scornful, pompous diatribes.





 


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Lines above in italics (respectfully) pilfered from Shakespeare's "MacBeth" [act IV, scene I ]

"Eye of newt and toe of frog,
Wool of bat and tongue of dog,
Adder's fork and blind-worm's sting,
Lizard's leg and owlet's wing,
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble

Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and cauldron bubble."



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