Blend your potion dark and strong with umbra,
add an adder’s tongue and warmth of tundra,
mix with splinters from the hangman’s gallow,
a spider’s web and some prayers shallow.
Then stir it widdershins eleven times,
add lies, excuses for for a killer’s crime,
Then drink it warm while bell strikes thirteen
It cures arthritis and mend a failing spleen.
A little recipe for dVerse OLN where Linda hosts.
How funny. After all those dark portents we get a cure for arthritis and a sick spleen. Very good!
Smiling Bjorn. What creative ingredients!
Cures arthritis? That’s for me!
I like the wordplay in the title, Björn, and the Macbeth-style potion brewing is nicely done. I’d be careful with the ‘splinters from the hangman’s gallow’, they’re probably sharp!
It’s so fun writing in that style…
Let me know when you get the results of the clinical trials for this remedy. 😉
Not sure that it will get an FDA certification…
What a wonderful potion Björn. I will have to remember it, should my spleen fail… 🙂
A fun and terrific Halloween poem. The Macbeth vibe works well, and the rhyme scheme helped. I liked it, but miss the aged librarian.
I like the rhythmic/chanting aspect and your ingredients.
Hmmm… are you SURE this will fix my arthritis? lol.
Nicely done, Björn!
This is such a fabulous potion, Bjorn! ❤️ I love; “mix with splinters from the hangman’s gallow, a spider’s web and some prayers shallow.” Happy Halloween 😀
I bet that was fun to write!
Just add eyeball! A thick and steamy strew of rhymes.
I really like the rhyming pattern in this piece. Enjoyable read on Halloween night.
I like the last line about curing arthritis.
a poetic poem with some good words bubbling there – ” widdershins” especially
An incantation that made me smile. It has a wonderful stirring rhythm. (K)
like the rhymin’ in this Bjorn..and the “widdershins”…good fun! JIM
lol a potent poetic potion if I ever heard!
Wonderful use of alliteration and assonance.
My spleen is much the better for it, alliteratively speaking, of course 🙂
Fantastic, Bjorn. Loved the fatc your potion was made of physical things and intangible ones too ‘ add lies, excuses for a killer’s crime’ being my personal favourite 🙂