From The Lips Of The Hookah-smoking Caterpillar

Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads – “Rhubarb”  (posted by Paul)
What character(s) might have found a home in your psyche? How would they write if they were to pen a poem? Today I would ask that you tune your channel to one or more of those subconscious storytellers and pen a poem from their perspective or simply write a poem about them.

Let me rearrange some of
my feet before I begin.
Never tell a tale until
you are quite comfortable.
Ah, that’s better. My pipe
is filled; I compose in blue
blown smoke. First letter
is A for Alice. I bear her
no malice but she can be
bothersome. Asking endless
questions, trying to make sense
of cents and incense. Harasses
White Rabbit, tailing him,
pestering him about his obsession
with time. Minding her own
business would give us all
some peace. Alice would be better
off attending one of those insane
tea parties that Hatter is always
throwing. Now, if you will excuse
me, some of my feet have gone
to sleep, and I’d best refill
my pipe.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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20 Responses to From The Lips Of The Hookah-smoking Caterpillar

  1. I love the way the poem begins and ends with its feet. I really enjoyed this! I love this prompt!


  2. Jim says:

    This was fun reading. I never gave Caterpillar much time, must figure out where it comes in. Reminds me of the Octopus football player joke where he missed the first half, time spent putting on his shoes.

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  3. Ahh. Caterpillar. The observer of it all. Lovely stuff.


  4. Kerry says:

    Alice is evergreen.. though I do wonder just what the caterpillar was smoking.


  5. “some of my feet have gone
    to sleep, and I’d best refill
    my pipe.” haha love this poem


  6. I think the Caterpillar is mostly forgotten.. thank you for giving it your voice.


  7. Oh I love you gave the Caterpillar a voice, and it is a perfect one!


  8. Laura Bloomsbury says:

    Love the mix of storyteller and Wonderland rhymes


  9. Brilliant, Purple! Just the way I’d expect the catepillar to tell a tale!


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