The Fox at Dawn


Land of Oz: five
This is part five of an experiment chronicling my production of the All-School outdoor CDC compliant production of Wizard of Oz with 104 students aged 6-19, an utterly insane thing to do. But golly we are having fun actually doing something instead of just talking about it. Using our bodies and hearts and hands and voices instead of just our wheel spinning minds.
How large everything seems to the small.

I walk a long line of winged monkeys
From the first and second grades 
Down the hall of possibilities
Through paint and peppermint
Past yarn flowers and poetry,
Around Basquiat pastels and revolutionaries, 
Across habitats and treasure maps,
On the way to rehearse our wicked monkey ways.
Little Ava walks beside me in the lead,
Telling me proudly this is her third show,
How first she was a squirrel and then a frog.
I remember, I say, with a smile behind my mask.
She whispers as we turn the corner to middle school-

I heard some of the monkeys will capture Dorothy.
Yes, I say, it’s true. Two monkeys will fly her away to the witch’s castle.
Will they get to touch Dorothy?
Her reverence brings me to a stop.
Why yes, they will. 

Oh I hope it’s me, she says softly with all the longing in the world,
I just want to do something important.


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OMG!!! Will you please publish this as a book when it’s all done?????

On Sun, Apr 25, 2021 at 11:03 AM The Fox at Dawn wrote:

> Loren Crawford posted: ” This is part five of an experiment chronicling my > production of the All-School outdoor CDC compliant production of Wizard of > Oz with 104 students aged 6-19, an utterly insane thing to do. But golly we > are having fun actually doing something inste” >

Comment by melisatbayoupierre

I’d love to- hope to bring it into a full shape.

Comment by Loren Crawford

I love to read each and every post you share, but this one is especially delightful! It softens everything I am feeling and doing and worrying about. Know that you are changing the world in so many wonderful and lasting ways!

Comment by Karen Graham

Karen! What a lovely thing to say. Thank you! Just when I felt panic rising up about another Monday morning barreling down and so much to do to get ready. Thank you friend.

Comment by Loren Crawford




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