mary douglas

Scarecrow Not Quite Dissolving By Orange Lollipop Lamp Light

the scarecrow mixed his tenses but
he smiled
although inside he was
weeping straw, sometimes-

he gestured with his rag-doll hands,
the very soul of courtesy.

oh did you hold onto the tangerine days?
each one was like a best balloon-
and straw-by-straw on your

lopsided way, find everything
was meant for you?

and we were sorry for the times
you skittered into the flame-throwers-
and so happy you were stitched up-

in the end-

mary angela douglas (probably 2012)

Submitted: Thursday, July 24, 2014

Topic(s): Legend

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one of a cluster of poems, variations on the best American fairytale, The Wizard of Oz.

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