Erica Jong

(26 March 1942 / New York City)

Baby Witch - Poem by Erica Jong

my daughter,
my worship of the Goddess
condemns you to the fire. . .

I blow upon
your least fingernail
& it flares cyclamen & rose.
I suck flames from your ears.
I touch your perfect nostrils
& they, too, flame gently
like that pale rose
called 'sweetheart'.

Your eyelids are tender purple
like the base of the flame
before it blues.

O child of fire,
O tiny devotee of the Goddess-

I wished for you
to be born a daughter
though we know
that daughters
cannot but be

born for burning
like the fatal

Comments about Baby Witch by Erica Jong

  • Susan Williams (6/2/2016 11:20:00 PM)

    Ummmmm I never once looked at my daughters and saw flames shooting out of their tiny cute ears... thought of them as little angels too... shows what I knew. What lay ahead of me in their teen years was astonishingly like the poem's description... too bad I didn't read this before having them... nahhh.... I'm happy thinking they were angels with a hiccup in their road ahead (Report) Reply

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  • Is It Poetry James Mclain (6/2/2016 1:49:00 PM)

    The movement of the leaves
    gives way to the wind.
    And in the least of these are
    born the dumb and blind.. iip
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  • Rajnish Manga (6/2/2016 1:01:00 PM)

    I wished for you
    to be born a daughter
    Daughters are always a gift of God and the poem reflects this feeling quite eloquently. But, the poet seems to be apprehensive about something evil or ominous in their life. Thanks.
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  • (6/2/2016 11:32:00 AM)

    A beautifully envisioned poem and quite touching too. Thanks for sharing.10 points. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (6/2/2016 3:46:00 AM)

    O child of fire! ! ! Life is like that at times. Seeing and hearing of strange things. Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, March 28, 2012

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