Of course the rooms are filled with shadows
While laser lights and computers have proven
More cost effective than fires yet cardboard
Cutouts and the curtains have remained the same
As well as those old lies that trees are real,
That the way out really goes somewhere,
That math leads more than in circles,
And that the Wizard himself is behind the curtains
Keeping the whole domino world from collapsing.
Yet only a few of them mostly poets dare climb
The arduous way out as most prefer
To sit and talk about food or sports.
Clinton Inman was born in Walton-on-Thames, England in 1945 and grew up in North Carolina, graduated from San Diego State University in 1977, and is a high school teacher in Tampa Bay. He lives in Sun City Center, Florida with his wife Elba.