Written for:  Friday Writings #30 - Beloved Books

"Your mission for today, should you choose to accept it, is to be inspired by a favourite book or books – to describe it/them, and/or the effect on you; or to retell the story; or to invent a sequel, a prequel or an alternate ending; or to attempt something in that style; or to let it lead you in some other new direction of your own. Don't forget to tell us the source of your inspiration!"

(with a nod to Lewis Carroll)

She fell asleep
her cat by her side.
Bored with lessons,
and being proper
her mind went for a ride.

Down a rabbit hole,
Alice tumbled
eyes opened to wacky world.
All creatures spoke, 'cept
Dee and Dum mumbled.

Colors bid her 
to pay attention.
Snow white rabbit,
mean red queen.
Belief held in suspension,

as Alice came upon
a tea party in progress;
how odd, the invitees.
Hatter and Hare hosted,
and drunken dormouse was at rest.

A Cheshire cat was there
then not. He perched on branch
wearing wide grin.  He pointed
at a haughty caterpillar 
who smoked and looked askance.

Alice grew too tall, shrunk too short,
and even played croquet.
Learned to dance a mad quadrille.
She quickly aced Wonderland's rules.
Her decision was to stay.

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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15 Responses to Alice

  1. Ha, I love this jaunty rewrite! And I particularly enjoyed your clever rhyming.


  2. Oh, and, do check what I’ve said back at P&SU re your link problems.


  3. Jossina says:

    Alice and her wonderland had been a favourite of mine too as a kid . You brought back some memories . Nice write


  4. Eugenia says:

    This is fabulous! Brava!


  5. Debi says:

    “She quickly aced Wonderland’s rules.
    Her decision was to stay.” Maybe I need to go to Wonderland cause I sure haven’t aced the rules here! This is a fun overview of the book in clever rhyme.


  6. I do love a retelling!


  7. I was surprised with your ending. Has me thinking. 🙂


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