Ragtag Daily Prompt: In the Circle

The old woman stood in the forest glade under a bright waxing moon. With the knob-end of her broomstick, she traced a circle into the ground. One by one, she pulled the objects from a burlap bag: a lock of hair, tied with a pastel blue ribbon, a feather from a crow’s wing, an old rusty nail. She placed the objects tenderly in the circle, muttering unintelligible words under her breath. This was one of the strongest spells she knew and if it bounced back on her, she’d be sunk. For a long time, she danced around the circle, sometimes singing, sometimes shouting, until she was so tired that she could barely walk.

That should do, she thought to herself.

Published by Russell Smith

I was born at the American Hospital in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France. I find inspiration in the lives of so many people from Joan of Arc to Oscar Wilde. While my primary avocation is photography, I also enjoy philosophy, theology and most of all, history. My beloved wife, Robin Anne Smith, who passed away in 2013 is an inspiration to me. My beloved partner, Dana is also a great support and inspiration to me. I'd be remiss if I did not mention my cats: Maxwell, Nigel, Pirouette and GarGar.

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