The Scarecrow from the Wizard of Oz already had what he was searching for – a brain.  He was wise and intelligent even before reaching the Emerald City and presenting his request to the wizard.

Here’s why. Hanging in the cornfield it was he who told Dorothy of an idea how she could get him down. Remember, he told her that if she bent the nail holding him there he might just slide off?

We are often hanging on a question; waiting for an answer, when so many times we already have the answer, and yet…


Searching outside
for it,
when inside
is where the vaunted treasure lies.

Keys to our hearts,
drop from
trembling hands
to lie just out of arms reach.

The lock will open,
with keys
we’ve dropped
while we look at everything but.

Opening doors
so easily,
in belief
and determination we see a future.

There is a promise
in melencholy,
in regret
we search for what we already have.

~Mark Schutter ©2015

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