Tuesday, October 26, 2010

thoughts of that perching scarecrow

hanging from the poles
scarecrow wants the silver shoes
a random wish
to walk on the yellow bricks
holding hands with the giant head

not that he can do much
in his precarious state
tired he falls asleep 
chasing a kitten in his dreams
even though he is in love with that witch

when she melts away
he promises himself 
that he will take revenge
now the perching is of his own choice
it reminds him of his vow

biding his time, still biding his time

23 comments:

poemblaze said...

A fascinating reimagining of the Wizard of Oz character. I like it. A lot of good description, surreal.

Brian Miller said...

wow. great description...and i like too the allusion to Oz...nice one shot!

Khakjaan Wessington said...

Cut the last line. Otherwise, I liked it.

Teresa said...

Great poem! Halloween, Wizard of Oz, revenge. It's wonderful!

marousia said...

Love the reference to the Wizard of Oz and the collage effect of the imagery - nicely done

Beachanny said...

Good take on the Wizard - not at all wicked. Enjoyed it. Gay @beachanny

Shail Raghuvanshi said...

A good one Gautami. Nicely written.

Mary said...

"chasing a kitten in his dreams" -- wonderful

A delightful scarecrow!

irene said...

I like the 2nd stanza a lot! Ok I like how everything flows.

barbara said...

isn't that the way of things: give them will, and they want to use it.
Love the dream kittens.

Claudia said...

hanging from the poles...i like how you start this...gives a lightweight feeling to the whole poem

Diane T said...

I love this, can picture this scarecrow hanging there wishing for what he cannot have - just like humans often do! At least he has his dreams.

vivinfrance said...

One of the best Oz characters. Good poem, if slightly surreal! BTW I love the last line...

Shashi said...

Melts away.. biding his time.. nice stark words... I liked reading this one..

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flaubert said...

Gautami,
I love the dream kittens.
Excellent to prompt.
Pamela

Elizabeth said...

I like the whole poem, but especially love that last and final line. You took this one to a very different place: the scarecrow in love with the witch! But, then everyone needs someone to love and hopefully someone to love them.

Elizabeth

Strummed Words said...

Where there is hope.... however fragile... Nice poem of the Oz scarecrow.

Kerry O'Connor said...

How i love your scarecrow! Those last two lines really nailed it.
Lovely.

PattiKen said...

Nice postscript to the Wizard of Qz. I liked it a lot.

Mona said...

Duty comes first eh?

ravenswingpoetry.com said...

A darker take on the scarecrow that I adore. Well done.

-Nicole

emily wierenga said...

oooh love this... the yellow road, the giant head... excellent poetry, friend. thanks so much for linking!

Steve said...

Multi-layered, ref'd, creepifyin' of the scarecrow image - which, compared to real-life bad people - is positively comforting to me.