WICCAN WIND CHANT • by Nathalie Boisard-Beudin

Go, go, go,

Widdershins around the kirk

Once, twice, thrice if we must.

Listen to the organs blare inside

Holy caterwauling

An attempt to block the winds

The tempests raging at the door.

But we go, go, go,

Widdershins around the kirk

Once, twice, or thrice as we must

For as long as it will take

To bring the roof down,

To rake life,

To blight this blind earth.

Yes, we go, go, go,

Widdershins around the kirk,

Once, twice, thrice or more even.

Listen to our song, our howls

Of anger and curses long gone,

Gone sour in the limbo of prayers,

Fester and seep into this world.

As we go, go, go,

Widdershins around the kirk,

Once, twice, thrice, for all eternity

To lock the living in

To lock the daylight out,

Shrieking in victory, shouting our might.

Author’s note:

Widdeshins  - Also spelt “withershins”:  In a direction contrary to the natural one, especially contrary to the apparent course of the sun or counter-clockwise.  Because of the motion being against nature, it was considered as inauspicious (if not used for curses) in the myths of pre-Christian Britain and the notion that it brought bad luck on the perpetrator, in particular when performed around a church (kirk), can be found in local folk tales.


Nathalie Boisard-Beudin is French yet currently living in Rome, Italy, working by day as in-house lawyer for the European Space Agency and by night scribbling furiously, with results being published in the multi national anthology “Wonderful World of Worders” (Guildhall-Press) in 2007, in Sand magazine (Spring 2009 edition), the anthology “Vicious Verses and Reanimated Rhymes: Zany Zombie Poetry for the Undead Head“  (Coscom Entertainment 2009) and, on-line, in Six Sentences, Crime and Suspense, Micro Horror, Pen Pricks Micro Fiction, Qarrtsiluni, Membra Disjecta, The Battered Suitcase, Postcard Shorts, Folded Word publications, 7×20, Gloom Cupboard, Seedpod Publishing, and Innsmouth Free Press.


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Posted on December 28, 2009 in Horror
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  • http://www.leatherdyke.co.uk Rachel Green

    Lovely piece. It’s almost as if we can remember the persecution.

  • Robin Herrnfeld

    Great pace – loved the repetitions.

  • http://linda-leftbrainwrite.blogspot.com Linda

    Loved the meter and repetition.

    “Gone sour in the limbo of prayer’ – awesome. Peace, Linda

  • Roberta SchulbergGoro

    Impressive in depth, impressive in song. Great.

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