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Love at First Sight

By Kathi Wolfe

In an elevator trapped
between the fifteenth and sixteenth
floor of her apartment building,
Sunday morning, Elizabeth, her cane
in one hand, coffee and bagels
in the other, just in from the deli,
met Sabrina and her poodle Toto.

Maybe it was Toto dancing
like a flying monkey
around Elizabeth’s cane, the wind roaring
through the elevator shaft like a twister
barreling down on Kansas, Sabrina’s
pomegranate scented hair, or Elizabeth’s
ruby red flip-flops.  Calling loudly
for help, pressing the emergency button,
needing to pee, they were headed toward Oz.

A week later, Elizabeth and Sabrina, in bed
followed their own Yellow Brick Road,
dreaming of rainbow ballads and Wizard blues.

“Will she have red or white?”
the bartender asked Sabrina
as she and Elizabeth sat,
holding hands at the Tin Man Pub.
She’ll have an Old-Fashioned,”
Elizabeth told the server.

“Elizabeth,” murmured Sabrina.
“Call me Uppity,” she said, “I’m the door
that won’t stay closed, the spy who cracks
the code.  No wicked witch will melt me
here with my sweetie in the Emerald City.” 

Added: Friday, July 10, 2015  /  From "Uppity Blind Girl," (Brickhouse Press, 2015). Used with Permission.
Kathi Wolfe

Kathi Wolfe is a legally blind, queer poet and writer in Falls Church, VA. Her work often deals with the intersectionality of being disabled and queer. She is a contributor to the LGBTQ newspaper the Washington Blade. Wolfe’s poetry has appeared in Poetry Magazine, The New York Times and other publications. She is a contributor to the groundbreaking anthologies QDA: A Queer Disability Anthology and Beauty Is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability. Wolfe has been awarded Writer’s Grants by Vermont Studio Center and a Puffin Foundation grant. She has appeared on The Poet and the Poem, a public radio show, distributed by NPR satellite.

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