This story is paired with Chapter 19 of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. For best experience, download the LithoReader for your iPhone or iPad and get NonBinary Review for free. 

You can fall in love with anyone,
a fool, a shell, a coward,
and run along all right as rain
until the clouds are long lost shadows.

I wandered far from home that way
on handsome strangers’ arms,
and plodded on, as we got hammered
on all the fallen fruit we gathered.

Then I awoke from poison slumber,
though admittedly hungover,
better, faster, smarter, tougher—
a wiser, more courageous lover.

I’d never choose to click my heels,
even if that tale were true.
Still, I dare to dream sometimes
of Dorothy before the storm.

NBR3-05CilleyphotooriginalAnnie Cilley is a 23-year-old musician and writer living in Oakland, CA. After spending two years as a touring musician and street performer, Annie has settled down (for now) and is focusing on producing original work.