PROMPT #260 – THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME
This year marks the eightieth (80th) Anniversary of the release of the film, “The Wizard of Oz” (1939). And for as much as it seems its been longer than that, the story does remain timeless and ageless. Being swept away to a strange land and encountering such interesting characters. The lesson reverts to home being the best place to be.
So, in celebration of such a milestone, adopt the persona of one of the many characters portrayed in the story. Write a poem of Dorothy’s arrival from that character’s point of view. Since the original story is basically from her perspective, Dorothy is off the table. But, it could be conveyed through one of the other main characters… it might be a munchkin or a flying monkey. One of the witches perhaps. Or Toto, too! L. Frank Baum had written more characters into his stories, but for our purposes, we’ll restrict it to the Judy Garland version of the film.
MARIE’S HAS A HEART:
Addressed by the Wicked Witch of the West
You think you’re somehow
You think yours is the first house
to ever be dropped here?
Well hear this, my pretty –
This city has swallowed dynasties
and the only dear thing about you
is the pair of shoes you stole.
Return them now,
or refuse. You choose,
but at your own peril.
I’m feral, and there’ll be
no mistaking I’m taking what’s mine.
Oh, see? My vultures are circling!
All in due time, my dears. All in due time.
© Marie Elena Good, 2019
WALT’S NEEDS A BRAIN:
THEY CALL HER DOROTHY
All-in-all, she sure is tall.
We look up to her in a way,
that’s not to say we hold
her in esteem. But she makes our dreams
multi-colored. Glinda says
she came from afar,
from a long away Kansas star.
But, she sure is tall!
A few heads and shoulders
above the rest of us,
she could be one of the best of us.
She ditched the witch
with a house no less
and her little Toto too!
We had her in circles for a bit,
but the yellow path set her straight.
Come out, come out
wherever you are!
They call her Dorothy.
I love her shoes!
They’d go great with my green hair.
© Walter J Wojtanik – 2019