This morning I read a post that included phrases from Lewis Carrol’s book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Thanks to Bel’ Occhio’s Blog for your post as it provided me inspiration to write the poem below.
Simply hearing the name Alice brought back memories. I traveled back many years to my childhood, when I read the book several times.
This is christyb, talking with Alice.
When Alice Grows Up
Why did you not warn me
Of the rabbit hole I would fall into,
That soiled my knees as much as my spirit?
Tell me Alice:
Did you know about the nasty Queen
(I met her too)
Who put down my spirit and added weights to my heart?
Dear sweet Alice,
How did you do it,
Making friends along your journey
Even though you did not know when you would return home?
Were you sacred at that Tea Party,
As creatures around you spoke without borders,
Or did you simply live in the moment
And enjoy conversation and nature around you?
If you are an adult now, dear Alice,
I hope you know I envy you
For your clean dress and innocent eyes
That are always open for the next adventure.
I take your journey and liken it to my own,
The door-lined hallways that await my next corner,
And the fear of being late
(I understand, White Rabbit!).
I wish myself happy, adult Alice,
Happy as you were after you woke up,
For my journey is not a dream
But I can create a happy ending for it, if I try.
© 2013 Christy Birmingham
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