Poems About Magic and Spells
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.
- How to attract riches
- A spell to change a mind
- Make another love you
- 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.
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.
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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