Saturday, April 15, 2017

Defying Gravity Is A Mortal Wish


I want to walk yellow brick.
Defying gravity is a mortal wish,
but it’s an empty sky when
you can’t hear the birds sing.

Everyone has a bit of darkness
right below their rainbow speech.
There’s plenty of damning
on the cloud side of a smile.

I am wart, broom, and spell.
There’s never a line I won’t cross.
Miss Sweet knows who to call
when her tongue needs more spite.

It is hard being green when pink
is celebrated by blushes.
I want to stroll on yellow brick,
and live within a mortal’s wish to defy gravity.


©Susie Clevenger 2017

16 comments:

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Oh, poor sad evil witch! She does self-justification very well.

Rommy said...

That third verse is wonderfully done. You can feel the poison in the bad blood between her and Glinda.

Paul John Dear said...

There she lurks indeed...in one and all.

Paul John Dear said...

There she lurks indeed...for one and all.

De said...

I love this, especially:
"Everyone has a bit of darkness
right below their rainbow speech."

Too, too true.

grapeling said...

i've always wondered where the red brick road led ~

Kerry O'Connor said...

Everyone has a bit of darkness
right below their rainbow speech.

Love this, Susie! You are cooking with gas this April!

Kim Russell said...

Wicked Witch with an echo if Kermit: it's not easy being green!

Kim Russell said...

Should say 'of' - I'm on the Kindle with a mind of its own!

Martin Kloess said...

Good try. It's hardy for a good person to write about villainy without some hope shining through.

Jim said...

Ooie, Susie. All"s not right here.
I didn't know about the association between pink and blushing. I have a pink shirt and when I had,a strange look on my face, the person who gave it to me (not Mrs. Jim) told me it was "watermelon" in color.
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Sara McNulty said...

Racism rears its ugly head, even in Oz. This is wonderful, Susie!

Magaly Guerrero said...

I'm pretty sure lines were made for crossing.

Marian said...

Love this! I have a *lot* of darkness just below the surface of my rainbow speech.

Margaret said...

"It is hard being green when pink
is celebrated by blushes."

Nice! I've seen this show three times - twice on Broadway.

Sanaa Rizvi said...

Oh this is soo gorgeously penned! Especially love "I am a wart, broom, and spell. There is never a line I wont cross."