She once called him her “Sweet W” and the smartest man she knew.
But, that didn’t stop the Wizard of Oz — Chief Executive of Emerald City
— from jilting Harriet Quagmier, his longtime courtesan, this morning.
Calling it only a change in titles, the dispirited Harriet is expected to
remain at the Wiz House long enough to save face.
There have, of course, been rumors of a break-up for weeks. Some
sources blame it on angry in-laws, others on religious differences.
Palace gossip has described shouting matches with epithets such
as “brainless,” “heartless” and “cowardly.” Others say the Wizard
could no longer trust Harriet to keep his secrets behind that curtain.
At the other end of the Yellow Brick Road, there is much talk — among
both nominally-loyal noblemen as well as rivals — that the Wizard already
has a replacement for Harriet. Shockingly, it is unknown whether the
next courtesan is male or female, West Coast or East Coast, strict or
The f/k/a news organization will be following this story ’round the clock,
that the Wizard is not taking advice from the Good Witch of the North;
whether Harriet’s archrival, the Wicked Witch of the West, has his ear
(or other parts of his anatomy) is still unknown.
On the other hand, names as diverse as Thorny Thornberry, Herb Darby,
Doc Williams, and Butch Barton, have been suggested as Harriet’s
replacement, along with two younger men referred to only as Wally and
Barry, and Constance Edwards, a legal secretary. We would not be
surprised to hear more gossip about other women, soon.
coffee shop . . .
the only empty seat
after office politics
through the open door . . .
her smile doesn’t forgive
all my sins
“coffee shop” & “through” – School’s Out (Press Here, 1999)
“evening walk” – Modern Haiku (Autumn 2003)
her marriage —
[Oct. 27, 2005]
October 27, 2005
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