a spell against midges
who then are the six lovers of midges?
this is how they shall be known
the fat toad will tongue them: idge
they will rise to the maw of the flitter bat: i g
in the name of the swallow they shall midge
in the name of the open-jawed sundew they shall id e
the leaping salmon will snap them: d g
the whirring dragonfly will chew them: s
in this way is the spell against midges spoken
Spell Against A Midge
Midge, I have a cord
To bind you
To the edge
Of a bone-dry desert.
Midge, I will deliver you
To be judged
By a hunger
Midge, I will wait
Till I catch you,
Will not budge
Till you’re bottled.
Midge, you will learn
That glass is not porous,
Like rain, & that it’s cold
In the fridge.
(This Midge Charm Efficacious Against One Midge)
[crushing myrtle between fingers, say]
scent of sweet gale
heat of a sunbeam
[rubbing myrtle leaves on exposed skin, say]
taste of sweet gale
blaze of a sunbeam
[shouting and running, say]
roar of sweet gale
a gale! a gale!