SuziCate's Musings

The Witch Doctor

The rich and poor alike traveled from far and wide

to see the beady eyed man with a long hooked nose

Countless medical pills and ointments they had tried

before resorting to rituals, stones, and petals of rose

No one questioned, but heeded the old man’s advice

They chanted magic words or drank a special potion

They followed his instructions of animal sacrifice,

wore garlic poultices, or rubbed on an herbal lotion

Precise people science he claimed, strange for sure

The patient who had no gift to barter or money to pay

He looked them in the eye, touched them, gave a cure

And with a mighty handshake sent them on their way

The rich and poor alike traveled from far and wide

to see the beady eyed man with a long hooked nose

No antidote, they drank the tears that they cried

A few death chants, a burial ritual, old man in repose

Sunday Scribbling’s Prompt is Antidote.

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Comments on: "The Witch Doctor" (2)

  1. I loved this one, Suzi! I really saw the scene, the character, the people gathering around… It was extremely vivid in my imagination.

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