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Who Are You? (poem 8)

March 5, 2010
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Happy Friday! Today, the shirts are moved aside and a poem takes over. There are lots of things in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass that could jump in and out of a poem. Lewis Carroll added a variety of memorable characters to these stories, as I mentioned in an earlier post. Add to that mix characters from Through the Looking Glass: the Jabberwock, Tweedledum and Tweedledee, the Walrus and the Carpenter, and on and on. All imaginative and memorable. However, I stuck with Wonderland characters for my poem…

Who Are You?

Who are you, Alice?
you asked yourself that
long fall
rabbit hole.
You grew and you shrank after you drank
from the chalice, Alice.

Who are you?
The caterpillar asked you that,
      but you were too busy
worrying about being bigger and smaller.

Sometimes we’re too small to ride the rollercoaster,
but just the right size for the teacups,
brewed by a hatter who’s mad
      but then quite possibly we’re all mad down here
mad as we try to figure out who we are
chasing for things that keep disappearing like sly cat smiles
mad as we run from the Queen who’s screaming
for our heads.

You’re a curious girl, Alice.
perhaps more curious than others, perhaps not.
Who are you?
Who am I?

Ah, that’s the great puzzle.

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