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Topic: Yellow (11/12/09)
TITLE: Our Own Backyard
By Loren T. Lowery
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<b>O</b>f paths that zag and meander -
<b>L</b>eading hither and beckoning yon.
<b>L</b>ure of heart's desire at road's end, that readily
<b>O</b>bscurs a dark and evil
<b>W</b>icked witch flying above our heads.
<b>T</b>ime but an enigma before us. Our innocence
<b>H</b>arbored in visions of bejeweled cities.
<b>E</b>ncumbrances lost over a rainbow too distant to grieve our strides.
<b>Y</b>et, with rubied, carefree steps and
<b>E</b>ager eyes that
<b>L</b>ook forward, not back
<b>L</b>est we glimpse the ill choice of
<b>O</b>ur journey's first footfalls
<b>B</b>uddied with a scarecrow who unravels
<b>R</b>iddles; a tin man with sentimental heart
<b>I</b>nside an empty kettle; and a
<b>C</b>owardly lion without vim and verve -
<b>K</b>indred souls join to find the wonderful wizard of OZ.
<b>R</b>oute of small beginnings
<b>O</b>n a street in Munchkinland to at last
<b>A</b>pproach Emerald City's lauded greatness - curtained in smoke and mirrors -
<b>D</b>eceived by what was never there.
<b>H</b>opes quickly melt
<b>O</b>n truth’s cleansing waters. A
<b>M</b>ulligan of ill-placed beliefs
<b>E</b>ffaced in fallacy
<b>A</b>ll heart’s desires seem dark and void of purpose until
<b>G</b>lenda asks we think the
<b>A</b>nswer – the lesson our yellow-brick road has taught.
<b>“I</b>t’s that nothing’s really ever lost,” we say, “If
<b>N</b>ot first found in our own backyard.”
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