The Wizard of Us


Peek behind the curtain.

Am I the wizard you expected?

Control never looked so tentative,

a bit of a mystery,

but not bigger than life—

small, but able,

plain, but willing.

Draw back the curtain.

Are you the one with the ruby-red slippers

who can click home whenever,

while I twist dials, draw strings,

do things that need doing—

disappointed, but determined,

misjudged, but committed.

Move past the curtain.

Am I the cog you expected?

The system is bigger than me,

but I’m here,

doing what I must—

insecure, but passionate,

diminutive, but necessary.

Pull aside the curtain.

Am I the wizard you expected?

In this odd land of

wonder and obligation,

promise and jeopardy,

ordinary miracles can pour, perhaps,

from everyday people.

(Lilly G  6-4-07)

About apronheadlilly

wife and mother, musician, composer / poet, teacher, and observer of the world, flawed Christ-follower
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11 Responses to The Wizard of Us

  1. Needed a “love” button for this one instead of just a “like”. Beautiful.

    • Thanks so much! I always felt the wizard got a bit of a bad rap–appearing doddering and deceitful. But he did what was necessary to keep his world ordered and functioning. I relate! 🙂

  2. SR says:

    This post was so inspiring. What talent you have for so many things. Love your blog and how is “hubby?” God Bless, SR

  3. SR says:

    Am praying for him and you also. Mine had his teeth pulled out a few years back. He was a pretty good patient, however I did learn the caretaker needs as much prayer, so you have it:>) Hope you two have a good night. God Bless, SR

    • Thank you! My poor knees and hips are appreciating all he usually does around here! Next time I’ll ask him if he needs appreciation to just ask instead of something like this. I humored him today by cleaning up some of the fall leaves. Ha! Wait 10 seconds and most will be in the neighbor’s yard anyway! 🙂 Thanks for your prayer and concern. I went to Curves for a break today and got prayed for there, too. Yay!

  4. planaquarium says:

    Oh, I do like this! Don’t we all, small souls, hide behind our curtain, speaking with such a large, confident voice..

  5. Reblogged this on A p r o n h e a d — Lilly and commented:

    ———-recycle Thursday.

  6. dorannrule says:

    You may not be the wizard I expected, but I have the feeling you are better than the best at keeping things going. 🙂 Your poetry is delightful too! 🙂

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