Poems About Magic and Spells

Updated on April 6, 2018
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John has been writing poetry since his school days. He was awarded "Poet of the Year 2014" Hubby Awards and has had two poems become songs.

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When I originally wrote the first poem "The Book of Spells" I was restricted to a maximum word count. However, I always felt the poem ended abruptly and was not quite finished.

A comment received by a fellow writer Shanmarie confirmed this to be the case. Because of that, I decided to add a further six stanzas to the poem. I hope this makes the poem appear more complete.

Thanks for re-reading.

The Book of Spells

I found an old leather book

In the attic of my house.

I would not have even seen it

If it wasn’t for a mouse.


It darted out of a box,

And when I went to look,

Inside beneath a pile of junk

Sat this big dust-covered book.


I took it out and looked at it,

Then wiped the dust away.

The title said “The Book of Spells,”

This was my lucky day.


I opened up the cover

And took a peek inside,

The contents page intrigued me,

My eyes they opened wide.


  1. How to attract riches
  2. A spell to change a mind
  3. Make another love you
  4. A spell to strike one blind


The list was long but I read on,

So many spells to learn.

I’d practice ‘til I got them right,

I’d try each one in turn.

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I am a cautious person,

Magic must be controlled.

A spell cast without expertise

Had many risks involved.


The spells required ingredients

So very hard to find.

Some items were from days of yore

And left me in a bind.


If something just could not be sourced

A substitute was found,

Sometimes plants, or bark off trees,

Or roots deep in the ground.


The first spell I attempted

Was how to alter time,

With a tarnished silver pocket watch

And magic words that rhyme.


I spoke the words clear and precise

And turned the watch hands back.

The room began to tremble,

Lightning flashed, then cracked.


Then just as suddenly, things calmed,

The ground no longer shook.

I'd gone back two days in the past,

Before I'd found the book.


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The Wizard's New Wand

The wizard waved his magic wand,

There was a blinding flash!

Suddenly the building shook

Beneath a loud and deafening crash!


His apprentice rose up from the ground,

Shaken but unharmed.

He crawled over to his Master’s side,

His demeanour quite alarmed.


“Do not stress!” the wizard said,

“You have nothing to fear.

It’s just a new wand I’ve acquired.

The instructions were not clear.”


“Point to use as a sword,

Twirl to make a flash,

Tap to cause the ground to shake,

Wave to make a crash.”


“I had to try it out to see

Just how its powers would work.

Now get and clean up all this mess,

Your duties you can’t shirk.”

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        John Hansen 13 days ago from Queensland Australia

        Haha manatita, yes that was my thinking too when I wrote the ending for the first poem....careful what you play with. Glad you liked these, and I appreciate your generous comment.

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        manatita44 13 days ago from london

        Both are excellent but the first is a masterpiece! For the ending of the first, me hear dem say. "Serves you right." Messing with spells, eh? (chuckle)

        Brilliant rhyming poetry!

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        John Hansen 13 days ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you for reading these poems, Finn. It is a compliment if someone actually rereads something you write. It means it is interesting enough for them to want to grasp the full meaning. Cheers.

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        Finn Liam Cooper 13 days ago from Los Angeles

        Wow...the spell book poem is really interesting. I actually had to go back and read it because I didn't get it the first time. Very witty with a nice moral to it. I like.

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        John Hansen 2 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Li-Jen, I am glad you had fun reading these poems. I enjoyed writing them.

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        Li-Jen Hew 2 weeks ago

        Hey Jodah cute story and funny ending, with the apprentice having to clean up the mess. :) Your poem is enjoyable to read and gives vivid images. :)

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        John Hansen 2 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you, Mike, for such a magical comment :) It's always greatly appreciated.

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        mckbirdbks 2 weeks ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

        Hello John - There is always magic in your pen. Again, your words entertain us all.

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        John Hansen 3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Hey hey, Paula. I didn't see that "transform into a handsome Prince" spell in the book. If I had I would have used it by now :) Glad you have the power. Thanks for reading and enjoying.

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        John Hansen 3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Shauna, good to see you. That comment means a lot to me. Rhyming poetry has lost a lot of its popularity and credibility over the years but it has always and will always be my passion. To be told I excell at it is a big compliment. Glad you enjoyed these poems.

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        Paula 3 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

        Jodah.....Wonderful and....well, quite "Magical!" I really love this! POOF!! You're a handsome Prince!! LOL

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        Shauna L Bowling 3 weeks ago from Central Florida

        John, your poetry is always a pleasure to read. You have the magical touch of rhythm and rhyme. Not many poets can consistently write as fluidly as you do.

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        John Hansen 3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you, Linda. Glad you enjoyed these poems. They were fun to write.

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        Linda Crampton 3 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

        I enjoyed reading the poems very much, especially the first one, which I loved. You have a great imagination!

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        John Hansen 3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Hello Genna. Who doesn't like a little magic now and then? So glad you enjoyed this. Thanks you for your constant encouragement.

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        Genna East 3 weeks ago from Massachusetts, USA

        There is a charming cleverness to this poetry; I read each line aloud, waiting to see what would happen next as the intriguing story within the rhythm and rhyme unfolded. The perils and promises of magic... I really liked this John. Well done. :-)

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        John Hansen 3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Hi Sannon,

        Yes, I admit I need to add more to the first one to make it more complete. When I wrote it I was working to a word count limit. I will add to it as soon as I can. Thanks for reading and for your valid point.

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        shanmarie 3 weeks ago

        This was a fun read, though I was expecting more to the first one when it abruptly ended. That's how carried away I was with that little rhyming tale. I've missed your work. I need to get around HP more.

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        John Hansen 3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Honestly, MsDora. I am surprised I don't rhyme all my words in everyday conversation. Thanks for reading

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        Dora Weithers 3 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Book of spells? Wizard with magic wand? Is there any topic you cannot rhyme about? Good all-rounder.

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        John Hansen 3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you, Rasma. Magic always amazes and fascinates us doesn't it? Glad you enjoyed these.

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        Gypsy Rose Lee 3 weeks ago from Riga, Latvia

        Loved this. Most creative and imaginative. I've always have been fascinated by thoughts of spells and magic.

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        John Hansen 3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you, Devika. Yes, I think it is.

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        Devika Primić 3 weeks ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

        Magic is what you want to believe! I enjoyed this poem words of power indeed!

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        John Hansen 3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        John, thanks for reading. When searching for images I almost included a pic of a wonderful old leather-bound Bible by mistake. Come to think of it..that might hold more magic than any other book of spells possibly could.

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        John Hansen 3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Hey Clive. Oh yeah, the old abracadabra. I been trying that one for years and still can't get it right. Oh well just gotta keep practicing.

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        Faith-Hope-Love 3 weeks ago

        Sometimes I have wished that I had a magic spell book to get out of some tricky situations. As luck would have it we had to find other means of safety.

        I liked these poems. Wish I could find that big book of spells. John W

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        Clive Williams 3 weeks ago from Jamaica

        Nice Mr.Jodah. I like me some magic and witchcraft. I know a few...take a look.Abracadabra. Make Clive Rich! Oh Well, practice becomes perfect. Nice craft you did here.

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        John Hansen 3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Ruby, what can I say? Some one must have put a spell n you for such a wonderful comment.

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        Ruby Jean Richert 3 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

        This was so well crafted. Your rhyme is as good as it gets. You might say " It's magical!!!! "

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        John Hansen 3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Songs like that bring back memories, Bill. Thanks again.

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        John Hansen 3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Yes, they do Mary.....and thank you. Glad mine stirs the imagination too.

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        John Hansen 3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        My pleasure Eric. thank you for reading.

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        John Hansen 3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Maybe it will, Frank. Be a best seller I am sure. Thanks for reading.

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        Eric Dierker 3 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

        This hit my happy bone. I just love poetry. Thank you.

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        Mary Norton 3 weeks ago from Ontario, Canada

        Poetry and magic stir the imagination and the heart. Your poetry does that.

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        Bill Holland 3 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

        "Do you believe in magic, in a young girl's heart?" Thank you Lovin Spoonful and thank you John!

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        Frank Atanacio 3 weeks ago from Shelton

        hmmm.. maybe that book will be available on Kindle or Nook.. yeah Love the magical poetry my friend awesome..:)

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        John Hansen 3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you, Louise. I think I may expand the first one a little later on. We will see. Glad you liked the images too.

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        Louise Powles 3 weeks ago from Norfolk, England

        They're lovely poems about magic. I love the pictures you added too.

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        John Hansen 3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank You, Nikki. Sure you can haha. Thanks for reading.

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        Nikki Khan 3 weeks ago from London

        The book of spells, can I have one please?

        We can just dream of, :)

        Great read John.

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        John Hansen 3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Thanks, Flourish. Wouldn't we all.

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        FlourishAnyway 3 weeks ago from USA

        I’d love to find a book like this, especially if it really worked!

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