ask alice


if her smile’s gone all slant
-like, or cheshire or shrink me-mad
or silent. if the violence of the fall
…..was worth it all,
or if she’d rather go
back for good,
…..if she even could.

ask her if she’s tired
of all the sideways glances,
all the scavenged masks.

ask her if her tumbled
heart might be made of something
more than all this

Prompted by dVerse Poetics, where Bjorn is hosting. Come play! 

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14 Responses to ask alice

  1. Waltermarks says:

    I like the description of Alice’s troubles and her heart made of all this looking glass, very creative

  2. Frank Hubeny says:

    Her heart probably is more than that looking glass.

  3. Vivian Zems says:

    The rhythm in this is enchanting. Some good questions for Alice. 🙂

  4. Candy says:

    Now I’m humming Jefferson Airplane 🙂

  5. Yes I’m humming it too! Thanks a lot! Good poem here.

  6. And I was thinking of Blondie with that heart of glass…

  7. Very effective use of the ‘Wonderland’ references. The poem really bowls along. Great rhythm!

  8. wildchild47 says:

    oh wow – this is so sharp edged, there is no softness in the sand …. it’s stunning and breath-taking, leaves one feeling full up and angled ….

  9. An incredibly poignant poem asking us how we deal with the fallen, the mad… and even asking us to empathize with the Alice in us. Great work!

  10. merrildsmith says:

    I love the rhythm of this–it dances or bounces or tumbles like Alice. Wonderful references!

  11. lynn__ says:

    Cool poem, De. I always understood Alice…it’s her world that’s gone crazy!

  12. kim881 says:

    Echoes of Grace Slick, De!

  13. I agree with Kim, echoes of Grace Slick. I love that song.

  14. Enchanting allusions to Alice in Wonderland, De Jackson!

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