Witches On Their Brooms – A Halloween Song

This poem was written as part of a contest held between the members of The Creative Exile Writing Group.  It’s based on the song lyrics of the Doors hit, “Rider’s on the Storm.”  You might want to watch the linked video first, and then read the corresponding work, just to recall the rhythm and tempo of the original work.

Witches On Their Brooms

Witches on their broom

Witches on their broom

A full moon in the sky

Witches gotta fly

Mother, Maid, or Crone

Their secrets still unknown

Witches riding brooms


There’s a cauldron on the fire

Looks like a funeral pyre,

Find your secret space

Make your children hide

For when the witches rule the sky

You better stay inside

Potions brewing on the fire


Balefires burning on the hills

Giving people chills

Greybeards hidden in their walls

People huddled under shawls

No one ever takes a stand

When the dark ‘crosses the land

Witches take what’s due


Witches flying past the moon

Witches riding on their brooms

Children running through the corn

Shirts and jackets torn

Pledges that were sworn

Now listen to them mourn

Witches riding in the gloom


Witches ride your brooms

High over the moon

As it turns to dark maroon

They watch the people swoon

Escaping on their brooms


Author’s Note

This piece is purely fictional and should by no means be interpreted as a criticism or attempt to stereotype witches, witchcraft, or any of the magickal arts, which I myself am a practitioner of many.  Some of the terminology contained in this work might be unfamiliar to you.  The reference to Mother, Maiden, Crone is often used in modern-day Paganism to represent the three forms of the goddess.  Yet the term crone is used as a badge of honor and endearment in witchcraft; experienced in the practice, powerful, and a source of learning for initiates.

A Greybeard is a word used to describe one type of “Witches Bottle” which was made of brown or grey stoneware, glazed with salt and decorated with the faces of sever-looking bearded men who were supposed to scare off evil.

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I write about everything and sometimes nothing at all. I'm fascinated by old things, rusty things, abandoned places, or anywhere that a secret might be unearthed. I'm passionate about history and many of my pieces are anchored in one concept of time or another. I've always been a writer, dating back to my youth, but the last decade has been a time of growth for me. I'm continually pushing the limitations of vocabulary, syntax, and descriptive phrasing.

11 thoughts on “Witches On Their Brooms – A Halloween Song

  • August 4, 2017 at 5:40 PM


    Ha Ha! Good! Well done! LOL… I like it! This is so creative! Sorry for all the explanation marks, but I think your lyrics are really cool! They Rock.

  • August 4, 2017 at 6:27 PM

    Nice work Ralph, very much enjoyed my friend. Cheers!

  • August 5, 2017 at 12:40 AM

    Wonderful lyrics, Ralph. I did recognize all your terms, for I have studied a lot on paganism and witchcraft. I am learning a lot about the pagan faith and love it, mainly because it is a nature faith. Very well done on this competition.

  • August 5, 2017 at 12:51 AM

    A very good entry into the competition, Ralph. Good subject and wording.

  • August 5, 2017 at 5:08 AM

    Interesting subject Ralph, pagan nature all encompassing and very uplifting. Lyrics in rhyme, Jim would be proud of you, I think he had a little paganism in him, being a flower child back in the day. He may have even been a student of the metaphysics. I dabbled myself when I was younger, took the religion out of me and left the spiritual in me forevermore. Excellent wording and entry indeed.

  • August 5, 2017 at 10:25 PM

    Good lyrics, kept theme throughout, rhythms are wonderful, good work.

  • August 8, 2017 at 11:36 AM

    Wonderful poem, Ralph! It is another original take on the competition theme and I love it. Witches scared me and fascinated me when I was a very young child. (I grew up in Transylvania.) I used to see one riding at night by my window. Yes, of course I knew that it was a pigment of my imagination, the tree in front of my window swaying in the wind, but still, every night, I saw the same witch on her broom. Your poem made me think of “her”. As we tend to do with things that scare us, I started to learn about witches and now I appreciate everything connected to them. Personal connection aside, your poem was a joy to read.

  • August 11, 2017 at 1:16 PM

    I really enjoyed this. Made me think of my favorite three witches in Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

  • August 14, 2017 at 10:29 AM

    This should be featured and sung to the music on Halloween. Such a creative and admirable take on the prompt, and so visually impressive. Enjoyed it Ralph. Well penned!


  • September 7, 2017 at 6:14 AM

    Had to come read this again. I love it. Have you seen the movie ‘Hocus Pocus’? There is so much symbolism in it, including the Mother, Maiden and Crone. My brother and I watch it every year. It is a spoof on the art of witchcraft, but enjoyable.


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