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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 writer and poet. Her chapbook The Uppity Blind Girl is the winner of the 2014 Stonewall Chapbook Competition for LGBTQ Perspective with BrickHouse Books. Her chapbook The Green Light was published by Finishing Line Press in Summer 2013. Wolfe is a contributor to the anthology Beauty Is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability, an American Library Association 2011 Notable book. Her chapbook Helen Takes the Stage: The Helen Keller Poems was published by Pudding House in 2008. Wolfe's poetry has appeared in Gargoyle, Beltway Poetry Review and other publications. In 2008, she was a Lambda Literary Foundation Fellow. Wolfe is a senior writer/columnist for the arts magazine Scene4 and a contributor to The Washington Blade.

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