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Wicked Witches

Fluffy Flatbottom’s Twisted Tuesday challenge for 16 October was to create something on the theme of wicked witches. This is my response.

the inspiration comes from William Shakespeare’s play “Macbeth”. The play opens with the 3 witches:

First Witch: when shall we three meet again

in thunder, lighning, or in rain?

second witch: when the hurlyburly’s done,

when the battle’s lost and won.

Third Witch: that will be ‘ere the set of sun

first witch: where the place?

Second Witch: upon the heath.

The ingredients on the shopping list will be put into the cauldron:

All: double, double toil and trouble;

Fire burn and cauldron bubble.

Second Witch: fillet of a fenny snake,

in the cauldron boil and bake;

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 howlet’s wing,

for a charm of powerful trouble,

like a hell-broth boil and bubble.

All: double, double toil and trouble;

fire burn and cauldron bubble.

Third Witch: scale of dragon, tooth of wolf,

witche’s mummy, maw and gulf

of the ravin’d salt-sea shark,

root of hemlock digg’d i’the dark,

liver of blaspheming Jew,

gall of goat, and slips of yew

sliver’d in the moon’s eclipse,

nose of Turk, and Tartar’s lips,

finger of birth-strangled babe

ditch-deliver’d by a drab,

make the gruel thick and slab:

add thereto a tiger’s chaudron,

for the ingredients of our cauldron.

All: double, double toil and trouble;

fire burn and cauldron bubble.

Second Witch: cool it with a baboon’s blood,

then the charm is firm and good.

The trees at the bottom of the picture are a sort of visual pun/reference to the mention in the play “when Burnham wood comes to Dunsinane”


Comments on: "Wicked Witches" (10)

  1. Trisha aka Cosmicdancer said:

    Beautiful! I love it! I’m sure that beneath these terribly staid facades dwelt some very wicked witchy impulses! What a delicious social comment! And a shopping list in the background! We all weave a little witchcraft with those!

  2. Beware the smiling witch
    for it is she
    who makes the brew
    who tunes the dance
    who finds the shoe
    you lost
    and tossed it
    into the fire
    that the prince will never find it
    or you
    your hearts desire. fran

  3. I’m sure those three have been together many times before and will be many times again. Delightful, Carol!

  4. Wow so fabulous. Absolutly nice.

  5. This is FABULOUS!! ONE of my favorites of the week!!! Thank you for joining in the challenge!! I am trying to find out how to post the link, so that you can just click on it for you. I didn’t forget!! Suzan

  6. Oh man…these ladies would be a riot to chill it with.
    They look like trouble 🙂

  7. I can just see that trio as the Three Witches from “Macbeth”, or “Practical Magic”, or “The Witches of Eastwick”.

    I am quite sure that the one on the far right knows very well how to harvest toe of frog to have it at its best!! They remind me a great deal of the women in my family, powerful, wise, and Mistresses of the Iron Fist in the Velvet Glove style of magic.

    Excellent job sweetie!

    Hugs and kisses,

  8. Audrey Meijs said:


  9. Really liked the image–I think the one on the far right is me from times past 😉

  10. Joanne Austin said:

    Ahhh, Macbeth.

    It’s a great image, Carol!

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