The prompt of NaPoWriMo for today is to write a poem in which a villain faces an unfortunate situation, and is revealed to be human (but still evil). Perhaps this could mean the witch from Hansel & Gretel has lost her beloved cat, and is going about the neighborhood sticking up heart-wrenching “Lost Cat” signs, but still finds human children delicious. Maybe Blackbeard the Pirate is lost at sea in an open boat, remembering how much he loved his grandmother (although he will still kill the first person dumb enough to scoop him from the waves).

I have reincarnated the character of witch, Mother Gothel, from Rapunzel.


Poem: My Dear Rapunzel


Mother Gothel wailed in the forest

Pleading each animal and tree

“Has anyone seen my Rapunzel

My beloved daughter who’s my worry”



“Oh dear! Please guide me to my child

For I can’t live without her sight”

But why is my mind coercing me

(grinned Gothel)

To grab her magical hair and flee!


©Vandana Bhasin