Herbs and Flowers

“Sage tea is a fine tonic and was considered to prolong life, increase wisdom and strengthen memory. Its is useful in dispelling colds and coughs, especially if also placed into a bowl of hot water and used as a steam bath. It is a disinfectant and makes an excellent mouthwash or gargle, and can be used to cleanse wounds. Sage tea was reputed to be useful in cases of typhoid, kidney and liver complaints, haermorrage from the lungs or stomach, measles, pain in the joints, lethargy and a whole range of other ill including curing the bites of serpents! A strong infusion is said to darken the hair.” – Kate West, The Real Witches Garden

A garden is the safest place
for a woman
they say
I wrap my body
into the curl of a snake
and say nothing
I think of all the ways
I could kill them with
herbs and
flowers
and smile

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4 responses to “Herbs and Flowers

  1. I read this over and over again. It reminds me of Practical Magic, and of myself. Beautiful.

  2. this poem is perfection 🙂

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