Wednesday, September 25, 2013

365 Poems in 365 Days: Sorcery, Spitting and Knots

The sorcerer’s spells require him to spit
And mutter in a language mostly forgot
When he claims we are visited by the efrit
He captures it’s essence with an elaborate knot

This poem, number 231 has a slightly interesting origin. When the Prophet Muhammad started preaching, the leaders of the Quarysh told pilgrims not to listen to him as he was a sorcerer. However people knew he wasn't as there was no spitting and no knots. Presumably therefore, sorcery required spitting and knots. Hence this poem about a sorcerer and spitting and knots.

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