poetry and prose about place

eight days – witch ball

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When I was visiting my family in Ontario, my eye was constantly drawn to a window where plants were growing.  Suspended above them in the window’s light was a ‘witch ball’.  The ‘witch ball’  is a hand-blown glass ball with glass threads in the internal space. 

The ‘witch ball’ was used in 18th century England to ward off evil spirits.  In its modern form, these balls are used for decoration.  When the light traverses the glass and enclosed area of the ball, it creates patterns of light and shadow, beautiful and mysterious.



witch ball


topsy-thwarted, turn

and tangle, strands

of glass and atmosphere

in innerscape of melted

ash and sand dendritic

paths a maze and morph


light and shadow





©  Jane Tims 2012


Written by jane tims

January 28, 2012 at 7:25 am

6 Responses

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  1. Love the imagery here.

    Great work here.



    January 29, 2012 at 9:29 pm

  2. My witches ball is one of the treasured items in my home. Perhaps you’ve given me some inspiration with your drawing. Very nice.


    Wallace Studios

    January 28, 2012 at 8:42 am

  3. I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a witch ball before Jane! Lovely poem, too; I can just picture it being made in my minds eye. 🙂


    Eve Redwater

    January 28, 2012 at 7:37 am

    • Hi Eve. They are beautiful, cousin to glass floats and garden gazing balls. Jane


      jane tims

      January 28, 2012 at 10:07 am

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