Witching Encounter

By Ethel Jacobson

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    When I was fishing in the ditch,

    I met a toad who was a witch.

    She said, “I’ll turn you green as cheese,

    With hair of seaweed, eyes like peas.

    Then I’ll add a spiky tail

    And keep you in a dinner pail!”

    I kept on fishing in the ditch

    And told that toad who was a witch,

    “No! I’ll turn YOU orange instead

    With a carrot nose and a pumpkin head

    And maybe not any feet at all

    So you can’t hop but only crawl.”

    “ABRACADABRA!” she chittered loudly.

    “ALACAZAM!” I chanted proudly.

    She slunk away with a sneaky snigger.

    I was a witch, too, and I was bigger!

    Illustrated by Shauna Mooney