“Broom’s First!” for Crimson’s Creative Photo Challenge #33 June 26 2019

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Crimson Prose Challenge #33 June 26 2019

You have plenty of scope and only two criteria:

  • Your creative offering is indeed yours
  • Your writing is kept to 150 words or less

BROOM’S FIRST!

“Right! We’re all set. You did a good job Emily!

Nicely bunched and ready for twining.”

“Thanks Peg.”

“Just so. Now lets go inside and have our tea. It’s

probably cold by now.”

“That’s O.K. I know how to warm it up!”

“No! you don’t! We don’t want anymore

accidents.”

“Awe, Peggie!”

“Don’t awe me. We have serious work here.”

“Did the Faeries come with the Ash?”

“Of course, they did! Little nymphs also ate

half my pie!”

“Cute!”

“Cute? I’ll cute you.  Now let’s eat.”

§

“I say we use the old spells. They’re in the book!”

“That book is ancient!”

“That book! Ladies, is all we’ve got.”

“What did the ladies say in…..”

“Don’t say it!”

“O.K. in that SHAKESPEARE play. Better?

“Oh yes, yes thank you.”

“Ladies! This has nothing to do with McB…”

“STOP!”

“And we’ve got enough birch to build a bonfire!”

“And set up the cauldron?”

“Maybe tomorrow. Brooms first.”

©J.E.Goldie June 27 2019

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Early Celtic pagans associated the broom with Faeries, possibly because of it’s relation to the wood and a common belief in forest sprites. Some stories tell of a Witch entering a forest and asking the Faeries to lead her way to the perfect tree where she can collect a staff for a broom. The idea is to enlist the help of the magical folk and ensure the enchantment of the broom once it has been fashioned.

V0048920 Witches: five silhouetted figures.

“As one of the first trees to put on her spring-dress it is only natural that the Birch has always been associated with the life giving force and has thus featured prominently in all manner of fertility rites and magic. Birch signals the arrival of spring.”

The besom is the traditional witch’s broom. It’s associated with all kinds of legend and folklore, including the popular notion that witches fly around in the night on a broomstick.

The traditional magical formula includes a bundle of birch twigs, a staff of ash or oak, and a binding made from willow wands.

-A four-foot length of ash or oak for the handle

-Thin branches of birch for the bristle part (you can substitute a woody herb like mugwort or thyme for the bristles if you like

-Lengths of willow or heavy cord to bind everything together

-You’ll also need heavy-duty scissors and a bucket of warm water.

HAPPY BROOMING!

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Jen Goldie

"Life is made up of small comings and goings and for everything we take with us, we leave a part of ourselves behind" - Summer of 42

10 thoughts on ““Broom’s First!” for Crimson’s Creative Photo Challenge #33 June 26 2019”

  1. Hey, not only a fun take, but an interesting note on the history of the broom.
    BTW: to add to that, in rural areas a broom left outside the door signalled that the old man was away and if you were the lover you were welcome in. Though I’m sure there was more history to it than that: I had it off my grandma.

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