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Mr. Wizard,

Consider this a warning, you weasel.
Next week I appear on “The View.”
In case it skipped your mind, I am 15.
Once Whoopi G. gets wind of your
sleight-of-hand behind that curtain
you’ll be hiring a squad of winged
monkeys. And surfing the web for
wizard-size ruby red slippers. Click
till your heels blister, buster. You’re
about to be sucked up by a tornado.

Dorothy


 

NBR3EricksonphotosmallSusan J. Erickson has a pair of sparkly red slippers. This poem is from her manuscript of poems in women’s voices. Susan’s poems appear in 2River View, Crab Creek Review, Literal Latte, Museum of Americana, The Fourth River, Hamilton Stone Review, Naugatuck River Review and in anthologies including Malala: Poems for Malala Yousafzai. Her chapbook The Art of Departure was published by Egress Studio Press. Susan lives in Bellingham, Washington where she helped establish the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Walk and Contest.