If I were a witch, I might be good
and do the things that I think I should —
because love grows only from loving.
I’d keep my wand clean and fully charged
and see that each kindness got enlarged —
because love only grows from loving.
I’d help the homeless shelter themselves —
this just takes work, not magic or elves —
and they’d learn love does grow from loving.
I’d teach the children myths and the arts
and feed them all fresh strawberry tarts —
so they’d learn we grow best from loving.
I’d refrain from the careless sowing
of hard words and yet harder throwing
of anger that keeps love from growing.
I’m not a witch, but I am trying
to do my best, and not just crying,
because I know I can only grow
Copyright © 2000 by Jessica Macbeth. All rights reserved. This poem originally appeared in my newsletter, An Lios