Welcome fellow poets! We are off to see the Wizard!!
Sans the green witch…because I am terrified of her. Instead, we will focus on three other main characters of this timeless classic…The Tin Man, The Scarecrow and The Cowardly Lion.
The Wizard of Oz is packed full of metaphors for life as Dorothy sets out on her personal journey to return “home”. Others join her with their own quest for happiness, but in the end they come to realize that what they desire already lies within them.
Today I am asking you to choose one of these characters and write from their perspective. Imagine yourself as The Cowardly Lion longing for courage, the Tin Man aching for a heart or The Scarecrow yearning for a brain. Choose one and place yourself within the story, embracing their mindset. Bring their woes and wishes to life in your poem….or use their personas to represent the feelings of being heartless, empty-headed or fearful.
Here are a few quotes to refresh your memory….
Dorothy to The Scarecrow: “How can you talk if you haven’t got a brain?”
Scarecrow: “I don’t know… But some people without brains do an awful lot of talking… don’t they?”
Dorothy to The Scarecrow: “What would you do with a brain if you had one?”
Cowardly Lion: “You’re right, I am a coward! I haven’t any courage at all. I even scare myself.”
Cowardly Lion: “Courage! What makes a king out of a slave? Courage! What makes the flag on the mast to wave? Courage! What makes the elephant charge his tusk in the misty mist, or the dusky dusk? What makes the muskrat guard his musk? Courage! What makes the sphinx the seventh wonder? Courage! What makes the dawn come up like thunder? Courage! What makes the Hottentot so hot? What puts the “ape” in apricot? What have they got that I ain’t got?”
Tin Man: “And I was standing over there, rusting for the longest time”
Tin Man: “I shall take the heart. For brains do not make one happy, and happiness is the best thing in the world.”
Here’s how to follow the yellow brick road with me!
- Write a poem related to the prompt and post it on your blog.
- Provide a link to dVerse on your blog to welcome new poets.
- Drop into the pub to say hello!
- READ and COMMENT on the work of others. Return over the next two days to read more.
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Good evening all and thank you Mish for hosting with an awesome prompt!
Thank you, Kim! 🙂
Thank you Mish for hosting ~ Happy Poetics to all ~
Is it raining your way, Grace?
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Frank Hubeny said:
Thanks for hosting, Mish! I posted one from the perspective of the scarecrow.
Wonderful, Frank. Will be skipping down the yellow brick trail soon. 🙂
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V.J. Knutson said:
Yes, thanks Mish. Wasn’t sure where it was going to go but the Tin Man had something to say. Who knew?
So glad you could join us, V.J. The Tin Man spoke to me too. 😉
V.J. Knutson said:
Vociferous fellow, isn’t he?
Yes he is!
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Hello my poet friends!!
I just encountered a rainy drive home from work topped off with the most beautiful rainbow I have ever seen!!! What a coincidence. The young lady that carpools with me took some pictures. I think I will have to post one on my blog.
Welcome to Poetics. I decided to face my fear of the Wizard of Oz with this one. Hope you enjoy the prompt. 🙂
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Oh, Mish, I LOVE this prompt! I head for Oz quite often, in my writings. So much fun. Thank you!
Following that yellow brick road…
Back soon to read. Yet another crazy day.
Hey De! So glad this one spoke to you and you could find the time. I can relate to crazy days….and long ones.
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Ian Muollo said:
Here’s my perspective on the tin man. When proofreading, I realized I had written about myself in metaphors, and it brought me both fear and joy. Here’s my post… https://ianmuollo.wordpress.com/2018/08/22/the-tin-man/
I can relate. Often our own voice has a way of creeping into our poetry. It can be enlightening but sometimes frightening. 🙂
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Dr. Agonson said:
Thank you for the opportunity to share my poetry.
You are very welcome! Thanks for joining in. 🙂
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Frank J. Tassone said:
Afternoon, Poets! Thanks, Mish, for this lovely, nostalgic post! Here’s a haibun in the Cowardly Lion’s voice! 🙂
Thank you, Frank 🙂 I’m excited to read your haibun. Was offline all day but will be back on the yellow brick road tonight. 🙂
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Charmed Chaos said:
Thank you Mish- a timely prompt for me…