Downtown Hollywood was my 1968 destination.
My sixteen-year-old adventure
I sizzled feeling
Judy Garland’s hand and footprints
In the cement blocks
At the Grauman’s Chinese theater.
My mom was pregnant with me
Dad took her to see Garland in 1952.
Her first concerts
After being fired by MGM.
Iron stamina set the stage
For my diva love
With Diana Ross and Barbra Streisand.
Fave film Wizard of Oz.
The beginning of the film
Was black and white
Until Dorothy arrives in Oz
Technicolor blasted on the screen.”
Our 1956 television broadcast flickered
During the dissolve
From Kansas to the land of oz.
Pigments of colors
Sparkled in my brain
Witnessing shades of black and white.
Returning home resonated with me.
Where I found safety from monsters.
Would I ever find my place?
Would I ever get somewhere over the rainbow