Of Tea Parties and Mad Queens

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub – Poetics:  Smoke and Mirrors  (posted by Gospel Isoceles)
As we think about our own place within this complex construct of empty rhetoric and doublespeak, optical illusion and obscure motives; let us also remember most importantly, that writing poetry is a clear and simple form of rebellion against a world that is anything but clear and simple.” 

Accept the unfathomable
–a tea party with hare and hatter
–a white rabbit worried or late
–liquids to drink and cake to eat
that will cause you to grow or shrink.

What to do about a mad, red-
faced queen, who it seems,
must have everything her way,
chopping off heads of those
who disagree. Selfish, spoiled,
should be boiled in oil, but
you cannot get close enough.
So you write about her collapsing
queendom in poem, on banners,
with organized marches. Sooner
or later, stupid loses.


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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23 Responses to Of Tea Parties and Mad Queens

  1. Fleur McMorrow says:

    Hard-hitting last line!


  2. Misky says:

    Promise? We can only hope.


  3. Oh let us hope (s)he will lose… let us hope


  4. pvcann says:

    I love that opening line especially, could be my inner motto.


  5. Alice in Wonderland
    Syndrome Lilliputian
    People Sizes me and
    Everyone else Hmm..
    That doesn’t Happen Any
    More i Dance And Get Bigger Hehe..
    True Men
    Who Ballet
    are at least
    6 Inches Taller on
    Their Twinkle Toe Dancing Stars..;)


  6. Wow, good one, Sara! And way to champion the written word.


  7. memadtwo says:

    Fingers crossed. (K)


  8. M says:

    stupid loses… but takes a lot with it ~


  9. robtkistner says:

    Interesting and engaging direction you’ve taken with your perspective on Amaya’s smoke & mirrors prompt Sara well written. Yes, stupid loses, but certainly keaves a stain.


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