The poor child groaned

while his mother moaned

''Ah, he's possessed,

Oh, he's been bewitched'',

Superstition bemoaned

To the witchdoctor she sped

and was back with murky potions

such yucky stinky lotions

Those mythical concoctions

The woman obeyed the wily witchdoctor

Placed belief in that traditional healer

and the poor child still groaned

but his mama no longer moaned

After two days of tribal treatment

and no lessening of predicament

she thought he needed something more potent

When all it turned out to be was a toothache dent!

But she would hear of no dentist

Like all quacks her witchdoctor had fooled her five senses

For his spells and his chants

held her too in a trance

Quite a weird weirdo is he

Beware the medicine- man!

The devious cunning shaman

Beware that vodoo magic and witchcraft

That so survive on the gullible and the daft.

Yet I was warned to be wary of pharmaceuticals too

They can be harmful chemicals in the long run for you


  • Michael Edwards

    I found it a little difficult to read with the dark background but that didn't stop me from enjoying it. Super tale refreshingly written.

    • 🐤s.zaynab.kamoonpuri🌷😸

      Thanks soo much , sorry the background was a bit overwhelming, it's a true lil story my house maid tells that I converted to a poem. Cheers!

    • Goldfinch60

      Very good write, unfortunately those witch doctors can nowadays be heavily disguised.

    • dusk arising

      Thats a good fun storyline. Light hearted but poignant.
      Made me think of the con men in religion too.

      • 🐤s.zaynab.kamoonpuri🌷😸

        Yeah it's poignant how they con. Yes there are con men in religion too but that means they are not really truly religious. Terrorists are such con men usually.

        • dusk arising

          Yes, history is usually written by the succesful people and the winners of war. Written in a way which suits them and deleting anything they dont wish to mention. Therefore it becomes false and full of untruths... much like the holy bible has been proven to be.... but still its word is taught to our children and the gullible. Where is the law in all this......

        • Andrew Charles Forrest

          Great write deep mysterious subject matter
          keep the coming Zaynab

        • Fay Slimm.

          Ah - power used badly ends often in sadness for those who need most a healing of ills - - a compelling read where warnings exposed chemicals in most pharmaceuticals.

          • 🐤s.zaynab.kamoonpuri🌷😸

            Yes pharmaceuticals have harmful chemicals too you so right. Misuse and abuse if trust ah. Warmest thanks for a great comment.

          • Gary Edward Geraci

            The papal encyclical “Rerum Novarum” speaks to the detrimental effects of superstition on the masses: “In presence of such mode of life and such example, prejudice gave way, the tongue of malevolence was silenced, and the lying legends of ancient superstition little by little yielded to Christian truth.” Faith without reason leads to fundamentalist superstition and reason without faith leads to Nihilism. Thanks for the thought provoking write SZK.

            • 🐤s.zaynab.kamoonpuri🌷😸

              Wow that's so great and a pearl of wisdom u stated, faith without reason leads to fundamentalist superstition and reason without faith leads to nihilism, wow wow wow, thanks for adding to my poem, that's why I like the exchange of thoughts via commentary, coz u get to know of others wisdom. Did you say that quote yourself sir? Thanks so much for comment!

              • Gary Edward Geraci

                No SZK - I can't take credit for that quote - it is a Catholic view in matters concerning Faith and rationality.

              • Joe Dawson

                You touch upon some very touchy stuff here. We live on a rotating platform in space spinning at over a thousand miles an hour heated by a nuclear reactor sufficiently far enough away not to fry us to a crisp. Hardly surprising then that we look to the heavens and the alchemist for answers. Joe

                • 🐤s.zaynab.kamoonpuri🌷😸

                  Why and how the sun is conveniently supportively far enough not to roast us, actually personally is one of the many scientific reasons I believe in divine higher power and intelligence. Heaven has the only rational answers. All others are mortal conjectures. Thanks so much for a brilliant comment that got me thinking on these lines.

                • Gino

                  Good write my friend. Really enjoyed it, and can relate to the witchings of big pharma...

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