It’s time for the Monday Poetry Potluck again. This is my entry for the theme of the elements: Earth, Air, Fire, and Water. Please visit JinglePoetry for more entries.
As a solitary witch, she knew
she would need help to combat
the evil possessing her mind in such a horrible way.
Within the safety of her magic circle–
above, below and around–
she began her call
to the elementals to assist her.
Earth, Air, Fire and Water.
She turned to face the north
and began to chant with a soft voice.
“Earth, grounding, centering,
and healing, give me strength
to banish the evil from my life.”
A green mist rose from the large granite stone
placed at the base of an oak tree and
enveloped her as the Earth
elementals answered her call.
She turned to the east at this time pitch black,
but where in a few hours
“Air, gentle yet powerful, come and join
me with your frenzied intensity.”
The winds began to pick up like a
giant eagle’s wings were beating powerfully.
in response to her request.
A sulfurous yellow mist swirled
in a tornado around her form,
carrying her hair from her shoulders
and spinning it around her face.
Another quarter turn to the south
where she could see the full moon
as it crossed the summer night’s sky.
She lit the small red candle and
began her request to the Fire elementals.
“Fire bring me power to scorch my enemies;
purify my intent not to harm
but to heal and render harmless.”
The flames of the tiny candle grew
beyond their capabilities to shine and
a red smoke encircled her head
in a translucent crimson halo
as an affirmative response.
Finally she turned to the west
and spoke to the Water elementals.
“Powerful and mysterious,
I seek the fluidity of your element
to sneak upon my enemies,
beautiful feminine wiles bely your ruthless nature.”
A pale blue fog crept from the ground
whispering yes, an answer to her request.
It grew in height and mixed
with the other colors floating around her.
She returned her gaze to the north,
completing her circle and raised her arms high.
“Lord and Lady, I will try to be worthy of
the elementals help as I go into psychic battle.
With the help of the elements,
I will banish the demons from my mind.”
The pace of the colorful swirls continued
to grow in speed and intensity
until she was the center of a furious vortex of color:
Green, Yellow, Red, and Blue.
Arms stretched upwards to the full moon,
she saw the demons were of her own creation
the darks side of her personality, long repressed.
The power of the elementals was intensely strong;
She was no match for their magic.
She fell to the ground in a crumpled heap,
all at once feeling the heat and pain of a burning fire,
mixed with the sensation of drowning,
not being able to draw in a breath
despite the stabbing wind battering her face.
She suddenly became aware of the cool earth against her cheek.
Her flailing arms reached for the ground,
and the spinning in her head began to subside.
She felt the energy flowing from the earth
and into her fevered brain.
She continued to pull in the healing,
grounding energy from the earth
until she once more felt as though she belonged on this earth.
It was with a strange calm, not felt for months,
that she thanked the Elementals for their healing.
How long would her torturous thoughts have continued
had she not drawn upon the energy and
help of the elementals
to bansih her own negative thoughts?
Now that she knew her own thoughts were
causing her pain, she knew that she could always
banish the hurtful thoughts from her brain.