Amazon book deals

Save on Art Supplies

Friday

What a Witch (on a skeleton from our own family closet)

What a Witch  (on a skeleton from our own family closet)



-->
At Halloween, it seems fitting to ask: Who’s the scariest witch you’ve ever seen in the movies?

If you’re part of my generation, or many others, you might name The Wicked Witch of the West from the 1939 MGM film, The Wizard of Oz. With her green face, pointy nose and hat and creepy cackle, this witch topped them all for terror-striking in viewers’ hearts.

The Wicked Witch of the West
(played by Margaret Hamilton)
in The Wizard of Oz
What child didn’t crouch on the edge of his or her seat to behold this big nasty on the television screen?

Even after learning that the woman playing this wicked witch was a distant relative and a former kindergarten teacher, who appeared in more than 60 films, I still found her quite fearsome. (I wonder now if old Margaret’s years in the kindergarten classroom may have prepared her to deal with all of those flying monkeys and even the many munchkins.)

Here’s a video of the casting of actress Margaret Hamilton as the wicked melting witch in The Wizard of Oz:
.
.

Of course, Margaret Hamilton’s claim to fame was no source of family shame.

In fact, not too many years ago, a group of us gathered near Cleveland, Ohio, for a cousin’s wedding. As part of the pre-wedding festivities, an uncle led us on a driving tour of old family haunts, including the childhood home and high school of our grandmother and her cousin, Margaret Hamilton. The scariest thing was probably the terrible traffic we experienced in some pretty foreboding neighborhoods.

“I'll get you, my pretty . . .
and your little dog, too!”
The Wicked Witch of the West
(played by Margaret Hamilton)
in The Wizard of Oz


Bewitching –
An Acrostic Filled with Glee for a Creepy Family Tree
-->
(Posted in memory of a distant relative and infamous actress)


Bony and bewildering,
Epitome of evil –
What? We’re related?
I can’t believe it.
Tell me it isn’t true.
Cousins cackle.
How many families have
Inside jokes like this?
Never mind the nightmares,
Grandmother explained.
c2009 by Linda Ann Nickerson

And here’s my grandmother’s cousin, Margaret Hamilton, without her wicked witch make-up, as she appeared in the well-known Maxwell House coffee commercials:

.
.

Posted for a variety of prompts:
Easy Street Prompts (“melting witches”)
Friday Flash-55 (55 words)
Heads or Tails (“edge”)
Meme Express (Friday Freedom)
Sunday Scribblings (“shame”)
Theme Thursday (“traffic” and "Halloween")

Feel free to follow on Google Plus and Twitter. Please visit my Amazon author page as well.

Thursday

Un Reve Peut-Etre (A Dream, Perhaps?)

Un Reve Peut-Etre

(A Dream, Perhaps?)


Posted for: Acrostic Only (#11)


Eiffel Tower

Public Domain photo


Paris


Pondering La Tour Eiffel,

Always dreaming; time’ll tell.

Reminisce;

In time we’ll miss

Savored secrets hidden well.


Love poetry? Check out Simply Snickers, a brand-new weekly poetry prompt. Try your hand with weekly prompts! Or, look into The Meme Express for daily blogging prompts.


Click here to visit Linda Ann Nickerson’s poetry and humor blog, Nickers and Ink.


Click here to subscribe to an RSS feed for this writer's helpful Helium content. If you wish, click here for a free subscription to this author's online AC content, so you won't miss a single post!


Add to Technorati Favorites

Not Too Sharp

Not Too Sharp

Posted for: Acrostic Only(#4)

Stubborn Mule

Public Domain Image


Hard as Nails


Holding out,

Autocratic always,

Rigid and relentless,

Dying to demand –


Anyone can

See his struggle.


Never knowing

Authority fails.

Inconsistent, insecure inside,

Losing love,

Still stubbornly standing.


Love poetry? Check out Simply Snickers, a brand-new weekly poetry prompt. Try your hand with weekly prompts! Or, look into The Meme Express for daily blogging prompts.


Click here to visit Linda Ann Nickerson’s poetry and humor blog, Nickers and Ink.


Click here to subscribe to an RSS feed for this writer's helpful Helium content. If you wish, click here for a free subscription to this author's online AC content, so you won't miss a single post!


Add to Technorati Favorites

Hating Halloween


-->
Hating Halloween: An acrostic for October 31

Halloween

How I hate Halloween:
All the attention
Lavished on dark deeds,
Leering looks in
Outdoor obliqueness –
Waiting for winter.
Even so, I’m enticed,
Eating forbidden treats
Not meant for me.
c2009 by Linda Ann Nickerson

Halloween Jack-o-Lantern, public domain photo
Posted for: Acrostic Only (#6)

Feel free to follow on Google Plus and Twitter. Please visit my Amazon author page as well.

LinkWithin

Blog Widget by LinkWithin