The Superstitious Science of Werewolves

“Your professional—ha!—diagnosis, Doctor Witch?”

The Doctor chants a quiet prayer
for the dead,
double gloves his hands
for the living,
examines what’s left of the corpse, and speaks the words:
“Flesh ripped from bone,
bone fragments ivorying the jetty…
I say he was killed by the Full Moon.”

“Full Moon?
Are you seriously thinking
werewolves?
Someone please,
call a real man of science;
this witch doctors will never do.
Werewolves? Ugh!”

“Cloud not my science
with your superstition, man;
Witch I am not, but named Doctor Witch.
No werewolves here,
but there is syzygy
and lack of respect for the line dancing of Sun, Earth and Moon—

Spring tides!
The man spreads his arms towards the heavens.
“It’s October, for God’s sake;
the middle of Fall.
Spring won’t come until way after Christmas.”

“There is also lack of knowledge
and stark ethnocentricity;
talk some, listen more, share yourself
with many different others—
get cultured, man.”

“I need no culture,
just a cause of death;
do your job, witch doctor.”

“Doctor Witch, not a Witch;
remember it, man, and kiss your luck.
The surfer’s life was taken
by the might of the high tides.
I already told you.”

“You said werewolves!”

“No, man, you said werewolves.
I said Full Moon, a syzygy, spring tides…
Besides, the packs around this area
value and respect their lives;
they would never hunt at my shoreline.


Note: I rarely post twice on the same day. But Kerry mentioned “Superstition and Science...” I couldn’t resist. I felt the pull, and had to fly to the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads. I hope you enjoy the spell that dances within the poem of my scientific storytelling *tee-hee*. And if you missed the Witches in Fiction latest update, click on the link to read the previous post.

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44 comments:

  1. This is so clever! I love "double gloves his hands for the living."

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    1. Glad you find it to be so, ;-)

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  2. “You said werewolves!”

    “No, man, you said werewolves.
    I said Full Moon, a syzygy, spring tides…
    Besides, the packs around this area
    value and respect their lives;
    they would never hunt at my shoreline.

    Oh I loved that, the simple twist of a name can make a big difference to how people see you but sometimes some people won't look beyond what they want to see. They are so busy looking for the superstition and what they think is there they can't see the science being told them. Then you finish with that lovely finial twist in the last sentence to let the imagination fly.

    ...and I learned another new word, syzygy, you are giving me an education Magaly. :)

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    1. People's behaviors can be very strange at time... and self-blinded, too.

      We are learning from each other as we go. That's what makes the whole sharing bit so freaking amazing!

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  3. Love the title, the opening line and the whole darn thing - just so enjoyable to read!!!!!!!

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    1. I must admit that the title made me giggle a bit. ;-)

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  4. An Esbat, a Syzygy. Our lives, and the very world in which we live, echo the Wonder-ful dance of the Stars.

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    1. I love the balance implied by your words! ♥

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  5. I like Dr. Witch :) His shoreline? HHmmmmmm

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    1. Very territorial, the dear Doctor, isn't he?

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  6. This was right up your alley, and your tale does not disappoint. I love the dialogue - that is quite some doctor!

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    1. It's exactly what I thought when I read the prompt. Goodness knows how busy I am. But some things won't be denied to the muse. ;-D

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  7. Loved this, Magaly! A brilliant little story of few words which captures the all too human rush to a mistaken assumption and misunderstanding. Great fun. Have a good one.

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    1. We miss so much if we limit our looking only to that, which we understand and like...

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  8. Loved that dialogue.. and the joke on spring tide in the autumn was very nice.. thank god for stupid policemen.

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    1. "...thank god for stupid policemen." LOL!

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  9. This was fun to read, and had so many good lines. Doctor Witch knows ... where werewolves hang out. Really good write.

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    1. If someone would know, it would be Doctor Witch. ;-D

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  10. I found myself giggling all the way through this! Loved it!

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  11. "The Doctor chants a quiet prayer
    for the dead,
    double gloves his hands
    for the living,"

    This causes me to think of the unfortunate epidemic going on right now and it's written, in its entirety, so descriptively. Enjoyed this!

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    1. I had just read a report from the CDC before I wrote this one. I didn't realize that it was still with me until after I reread the piece. Writing is so sneaky...

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  12. I freaking adore this poem SOOO much!

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  13. There's a sweet syzygy of science and superstition here. Loved it.

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  14. Ouuu a perfectly scientific yet esoteric tale. I took my first Astronomy course this summer, and while I understand the science of things, the way it all flows together perfectly is nothing short of magickal.

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    1. Astronomy was one of my favorite subjects. Even if my professor thought I was a bit of a... "reacher." I never really asked him what he meant by that...

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  15. What a great story/poem! Sometimes we have to be dragged kicking and screaming outside of our narrow universe.

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    1. Let's hope we have someone who loves us enough to drag us gently and lovingly, and to cuddle us long enough for us to see...

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  16. Fantastic write! Dr. Witch sounds way cool .... Care to introduce me??

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    1. I shall see what I can do. ;-D

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  17. I like Doctor Witch. I want to know why the packs wouldn't hunt his shoreline.

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    1. I might have to let the Doctor out... and see what's up with his shoreline rules. You and the others are getting me curious. ;-D

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  18. Oh, I liked this one, alot.

    I wrote yesterday. Cinnamon man said he'd never seen me so quiet. After 4 hours he went to check that I was still alive. Oh, the muse!

    She will come out and play on October 17th :)

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    1. So glad you like it. I (and a few others) was left wanting to know more about the good Doctor. So I wrote some more...

      I can't wait to see what you wrote. The last time your storytelling muse came out to play, things were beautiful!

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  19. You made me smile! Thank you ;o)
    I am off to your post about your party! Shit, I have to start creating something, sorry!
    Love you, big hugs xoxoxo

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    1. And you made me giggle right back. At 12:19am... because I totally heard you saying, "Shit." LOL!

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  20. Just to let you know, I got commissioned for 7 8" x 8" paintings!
    And, Ray starts work next week!
    Ugggg...
    Going to take a heart attack! LOL!
    xoxoxoxo

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    1. That's a ginormous commission! At least you'll be distracted enough while your heart is, um... all distracted.

      No heart attacks, please. I won't allow it!

      Hugs, love and much luck, my beautiful crow goddess. ♥

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  21. smartly done, Magaly ~

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