April 3, 2022

A Change of Weather, By Deborah Sage


Her sorcery-cloaked sisters come seeking her spells.

The Sea Witch asking for

An ocean tempest for a prince’s doom and

A mermaid’s voice.

The Ice Queen willing

To pay for a shard to pierce an eye and

Freeze a heart.

The Enchantress in need of

Gloom and rain to seal a merchant’s fate and

A daughter’s loss.

Stirring storms of fire and ice,

Water and wind,

Shadow and light,

The Weather Witch obliges.


Meteorological incantations, she conjures

Cold nights for lost children and

Dry wastelands for sightless lovers,

Sea squalls to drown sailors and

Blizzards to blind travelers.

Her cauldron brimming with

Gale and flood, she speaks the spells

Her sisters seek. Brewing

Air and atmosphere,

The Weather Witch obliges. 

Deborah W. Sage is a native of Kentucky, USA. She has been published in Enchanted Conversation, Eternal Haunted Summer and Literary LEO. A former business executive who after years of being committed to the bottom line is gaining equilibrium in her psyche through her endeavors in folklore.

Cover: Amanda Bergloff

Twitter @AmandaBergloff

Instagram: amandabergloff 


Kelly Jarvis said...

I love the idea of a weather witch <3. Beautiful imagery and power, Deborah!

Deborah Sage said...

Thank you, Kelly.

Kristen Baum DeBeasi said...

Gorgeous poem, Deborah! It's so sonorous with those beautiful repeating s sounds, the roundness of the vowels and the rhythm with which the poem flows. I especially LOVE that first line!

Deborah Sage said...

Thank you so much, Kristen. I am so glad you enjoyed the poem!

Katie Jordan said...

Love the ending! Nicely done!

Deborah Sage said...

Thank you so much, Katie!

Sarah Garcia said...

Great job, Deborah! Such beautiful words and imagery; I especially love how you've subtly tied other fairy tales, like The Little Mermaid, into this piece as well.

Deborah Sage said...

Thank you so much, Sarah! I am glad you enjoyed the poem.

Ellen Sage said...

Absolutely captivating! I found myself waiting for the Weather Witch’s spell.

Deborah Sage said...

Than you Ellen. I am so glad you enjoyed the poem!