This story is written for Sue Vincent’s Thursday photo prompt

How do a marzipan witch, a grey fondant cat, a melancholy peacock and golden swans fit together? Well, read on to find out.

The marzipan witch and the golden swans

In Chocolate land, there lives a marzipan witch;

She lives under a hedge in a chocolate mud ditch;

Her housekeeper is her grey, fondant cat;

Who keeps their home tidy and sweeps the mat.


This pair are always busy and do lots of kind deeds;

They help the squirrels collect their winter seeds;

They tend the bluebells that grow wild in the wood;

And encourage them to grow where they should.


The marzipan witch knows an amazing spell;

That she keeps to herself, and others won’t tell;

With it, she can assist any creature, bad or good;

That is lonely and sad and feels misunderstood.


The spell overcomes obstacles and finds a way;

For love and happiness to be found without delay;

The witch is friendly and kind with a very good heart;

She’s always there to help creatures make a new start.


She had a visit one day from a melancholy bird;

Looking at him she thought his sadness absurd;

A stunning peacock with lovely feathers of blue;

And others of green of every shade and hue.



How could such a creature feel sad and unhappy?

The very thought made her feel quite snappy;

Nothing could make some birds feel pleased;

Then he told his tale and her feelings eased.


His poor little peahen had taken ill and died;

He felt so sad he just sobbed and cried;

This state of affairs went on for a year;

His faithful friends for his health did fear.


He’d recently met a swan with a golden breast;

Together they’d built a magnificent nest;

But he could not swim, try as he might;

He’d nearly drowned which gave them a fright.



They wanted to be together and build a life;

They’d help each other through trouble and strife;

Peacocks are known to be faithful and loyal;

His inability to swim this lovely dream did spoil.


The marzipan witch decided this wish to grant;

And the secret words of her spell began to chant;

His feathers lost their colour and turned quite white;

His feathers grew waxy, becoming water tight.


His breast feathers became tinged with gold;

He turned into a swan, magnificent and bold;

He turned to the witch and honked his delight;

His whole manner was now happy and bright.


The two swans lived together for ever more;

Delighted at what life had for them in store;

A gaggle of fluffy goslings, one, two, three;

Every day on the lake the family you’ll see.


The witch and her cat often came to play;

The goslings always begged them to stay;

So life was happy on the condensed milk river;

Until one day it had narrowed to a slither…


but that is a story for another day.


Written by Robbie Cheadle


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39 thoughts on “Swan #writephoto – The marzipan witch and the golden swans

  1. What a lovely story, and such a happy ending… at least for now, uh-oh! I adore the little creatures you made for illustrations too: so cute. I just wish I had a marzipan witch in real life — or at least knew the secret of that spell. 🙂

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  2. Fantastic website. Plenty of helpful information here.
    I am sending it to some pals ans additionally sharing in delicious.
    And of course, thank you for your effort!


  3. Cute and creative, Robbie. The other commenters seem to want the witch for her spells. Not me — I want that housekeeping kitty! I’d live on allergy pills to have a cat like that! I’ll go with “the milk of human kindness” for my spells.
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to transform a world!”

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