Hack Witch of The Century Studies ‘Reaction Formation’ by “Hilda”

I have my scepter
my plaque:
Altruist of the Century.
Mom would be so pleased.

Yet I am not comforted in my old age
haunted by Freud, because
I am the kindest of all

Even so
after all
alone.

Knew a writer
once

Spoke a word to the Grand Witch

She fell
off her high horse
to vaporize a hack writer
who spoofed us

Lost her position though
a sister. Since then

I am the greatest witch
the kindest of all:
have healed the poor
restored the frogs,
made princes humble.
Let it be said.

I have
my awards, my scepter
so must I remember
the innocence of childhood when

I vaporized my sister
and Mom clapped. Oh how
Mom was such a great witch, and
she was so pleased

But I have been
so kind in my life

Even so
after all
alone

I have my scepter
my plaque:
Altruist of the Century

It’s been my goal
to love every stranger
send a blessing
in every incantation

I love you
my strangers.
May you be kind to all

Yet I have my scepter
and I am unloved, though
I am the kindest of all

Even so
after all,
I am unloved

I have my scepter
my plaque

I am so old
for a revelation, and
to find myself
the most powerful witch
ever

I have my plaque, and
no love
from anyone

I should have
listened to Freud

I hate everyone
with Grand intensity

What’s left but to
choose an auspicious day

I have my scepter, and
I am the most powerful witch ever

I am unloved, and
I will vaporize the world.

I will be alone, and
Mom will be pleased.

Sister forgive me, but
isn’t death charming
—Douglas Gilbert

Books by Douglas Gilbert

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