Hammer Headology

“Granny Weatherwax had never heard of psychiatry and would have had no truck with it even if she had. There are some arts too black even for a witch. She practiced headology—practiced, in fact, until she was very good at it. And though there may be some superficial similarities between a psychiatrist and a headologist, there is a huge practical difference. A psychiatrist, dealing with a man who fears he is being followed by a large and terrible monster, will endeavor to convince him that monsters don’t exist. Granny Weatherwax would simply give him a chair to stand on and a very heavy stick.” ~ Terry Pratchett


I know love can rip,

rip the guts out of walls built to kick
maimed wings that believe

freedom is a myth that only happens to some-
one never forced to bleed to live,

live knowing that empathy must be,

be a balance-kissed hammer
always willing to fix the world

or rip

what needs ripping.



– linked to Hedgewitch’s Friday 55 and Poets United.

53 thoughts on “Hammer Headology

  1. This is one of those things you do Magaly that reveals the complex mind behind the toothy smile of your work–you’ve made me think of hammers as living things, and vice versa, and of ripping as something that might be quite brave, or quite necessary, a way to let the freedom in…I love the Pratchett quote, too. You have to see deeper than dogma, and love as hard as a hammer can hit. Thanks for playing through the mortal fray, Magaly, and adding your wisdom to the 55’s this week. Oh, and have a wall-puncturing kickass weekend, please.

  2. Great quote you start with. And the, “balance-kissed hammer” is such a perfect description. I have never thought about how both hammers and love can fix or destroy, but now I can’t stop thinking about it!

  3. I, too, like the Pratchett quote. He is a favourite of mine.
    In your poem, I especially like the words
    “be a balance-kissed hammer always willing to fix the world”
    I think this is how it should be 🙂 Love your writing, unique and special each day.

  4. I needed this philosophy when I was a kid to hit back hard the first time I was bullied. I’m lying of course; I did hit back and he and his mother came round to our house next day to complain. She didn’t stay long and I wasn’t bullied anymore.

  5. Wow! From wonderful quote to stunning poem, this is pure witchy magic. “Maimed wings that believe” and empathy as a “balance-kissed hammer”. Truth. I would love a session with this headologist !

  6. I think a headologist makes more sense. Those monsters are REAL!
    I loved your interpretation of empathy. You did well here. I shall go to bed dreaming of balance -kissed hammers.

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