Lodestar Quarterly

Lodestar Quarterly
Figure reaching for a star Issue 16 • Winter 2005 • Poetry


Adam Seth Rosen

It was an accident! I didn't mean to kill anybody!
-- Dorothy Gale, to the Wicked Witch of the West

I always wanted to fit in
my own shoes,
ruby-tinted, if possible.

The kind
you could steal
from a grief-stricken

woman, and claim
as your own.
It's the power of being handed

someone else's
treasure, someone else's

a glamorous gift.

And the inevitable irony
that one can only go home
on (and in) the heels

of the dead
is not so much

as the fragile allure
of history

unburdened by witches
and accidents,

Adam Rosen is a twenty-something composer, performer, and writer based in St. Louis, Missouri. His essay "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Faygelah" was featured in the Lambda Literary Award-nominated anthology Mentsh: On Being Jewish and Queer. His poem "Rhapsody In The Key Of Whitman" was a runner-up in the 2005 Gival Press Oscar Wilde Poetry Award. Adam is working on his first poetry collection.

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