Friday, October 12, 2012

Second October Selection, 2012

Dorothy, after

Depression, dust bowl,

war and widowhood

made that long-past storm

and fever dream

just one more entry

in a catalog of miseries.

Still, she’d got Miss Gulch’s job

when that old battleaxe retired,

but, yes, she was a little overweight,

lines crinkled up her face,

her hair more grey than anything.

But as she walked

the dirt road back from town

into the flat horizon Saturday

her shopping bag contained

a smart new pair of ruby heels

and matching lipstick.

--Patrick Mizelle

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