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Thursday, January 11, 2018

The Rabbit Hole Has No Blue Sky

Off with your head! Blah Blah Blah
I don’t even like roses. They stink of death
and prick my fingers when I get too close.

Alice simply annoys me with her banter
of shrinking and growing, rabbits and clocks.
I’d rather have a glass of wine than waddle
the garden with those bent cards blasting bugles
announcing a brat must be dealt with.

Tomorrow is today. The rabbit hole has no blue sky.
Be small…Be tall…Be gone! Let me rest on my chins
while you chase there, here, and where it begins.

We all must check in, but few can check out
of the nightmares we walk, the wiggle waggle we talk.
I’ll turn a blind eye where shoes find exits.

Chase what you must, but leave without a whimper.
Precocious is a thorn I want out of my garden!

©Susie Clevenger 2018

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15 comments :

Kim Russell said...

You've got right under the skin of the Queen of Hearts, Susie - off with your head! I enjoyed the lines:
'I’d rather have a glass of wine than waddle
the garden with those bent cards blasting bugles'
and
'Be small…Be tall…Be gone! Let me rest on my chins
while you chase there, here, and where it begins'.

Kim Russell said...

You've got right under the skin of the Queen of Hearts, Susie - off with your head! I enjoyed the lines:
'I’d rather have a glass of wine than waddle
the garden with those bent cards blasting bugles'
and
'Be small…Be tall…Be gone! Let me rest on my chins
while you chase there, here, and where it begins'.

Rommy said...

Ha! Adults can get driven crazy by the antics of precocious children. I'm picturing the Queen of Hearts as a grumpy neighbor lady driven mad by the kid who keeps ending up on her lawn.

paulscribbles said...

Superb. I heard that whole piece in the voice of Helen Bonham Carter.You really got inside the Queen.

Fireblossom said...

"And the moral to THAT is...."

Sorry, I couldn't resist! :-)

Sherry Blue Sky said...

I read this with such a big grin. I;d rather have a glass of wine too. Precocious is tiresome sometimes. Loved it, Susie.

kaykuala said...

Chase what you must, but leave without a whimper.
Precocious is a thorn I want out of my garden!

Yes, life is such! Just do one's own thing and be in control!

Hank

Debi Swim said...

Love you take. Perfect tone for the Queen

Kerry O'Connor said...

I don’t even like roses. They stink of death..

The whole poem is wonderfully iconoclastic. Someone has to put Alice in her place.
;-)

brudberg said...

Ha.. the Queen of heart sounds almost real to me... I can picture the original... almost like the landlady in the film Amadeus inspiring the Queen of the night.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wfp8EB179g

Toni Spencer said...

Yeppers. You sound just as I would imagine the Queen to skund. I never liked that story but I like your impersonation of the Queen.

Jim said...

Sounds like a bad dream for sure. Never relenting, always tormenting. I was reminded of the Eagles' "Hotel California" song. You can check out anytime but you will never keave.
,,

mud green said...

I like the sharpness in this

telltaletherapy said...

So enjoyable - you have captured all the contradictions and craziness of this Carrolling in the most contrary way
- loved "Let me rest on my chins"

Frank J. Tassone said...

I'm with Paul on this one! What a brilliant channeling of the Queen, with the voice of Helena Bonham Carter to boot!

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