Hot Metal Bridge

Current Issue : Number Twenty-Five

Uses for a Witch’s Eye—1.a Jaw Stopper


It’s likely you are the only witch in territory, meaning
it’s your own eye needed to complete the spell. You
must resign yourself to this loss. Tell yourself it’s just
an eye
—you have two—and vision happens regardless
of sight. It helps to find imperfections in the victim socket—
think how weak the eye to let you ruin it. If you still cannot
bring yourself to harm, there are others who will hurt you.
Go to the local tavern—offer to turn Anyman’s goat into
a woman. He’ll do whatever you ask to make normal his
love. Once you have your prize, punish him for his offense.
Kill the goat—tell him—she was willingly his before he
required her to change. Leave with a substance sufficient
to keep open a monster’s mouth. Now, you are ready to
force feed your singing want to sirens.

Nicelle Davis lives in Southern California with her son J.J. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Beloit Poetry Journal, Blue Mesa Review, Broadsided, ML Press, The New York Quarterly, SLAB Magazine, Two Review, and others. She’d like to acknowledge her poetry family at UCR and AVC. She runs a free online poetry workshop at The Bees’ Knees Blog and is assistant poetry editor for Connotation Press.