Silver Slippers

This story is paired with Chapter 23 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. 

I’ll help you put the slippers on.
I’ll tell you what to do,
and how to say what words.

You’ll scrunch your eyes so tight
they’ll all but well with tears.
You’ll click your heels,
and say the words,
and then again.

When you open your eyes
you’ll be angry.
The damned things didn’t work.

Ah, but they did.

NBR3-LundhLennart Lundh is a short-fiction writer, poet, historian, and photographer. His work has appeared internationally since 1965. Len and his wife, Lin, live in northern Illinois.