When Alice Grows Up: A Poem

Alice in Wonderland (1988 film)

A Poem about Alice in Wonderland (1988 film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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

Oh Alice!

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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52 thoughts on “When Alice Grows Up: A Poem

  1. Janine Huldie

    I loved this poem and haven’t thought of this book since I was a little girl, but had a 1st edition copy that was my mom’s that I read it on for the first time. Thanks for sharing and bringing memories back 🙂


  2. belocchio

    Christy I admit to still reading Alice in Wonderland – every once in a while. I love how it inspired you to write this delightful and thoughtful poem. It inspired me to make SOUP! Just goes to show – you can take the writer out of the chef, but you can’t take the chef out of the writer.
    I think about writing and often wake in the night to make notes. I dream about food and wake in the morning to cook. No wonder I’m tired!!


  3. maab30

    This a really good poem. Keep up the good work. And remember “one pill makes you bigger and one pill makes you small but the pill that mother gives does nothing at all.” Grace Slick


  4. Heather

    Craziness! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this poem Christy! In my opinion (my non-poet self) this is your best poem I nave read! It’s fun and tragic all in one.


  5. Charron's Chatter

    well you know how I adore Alice! She’s the stee-AR of my Fairy Hive Series–such fun she is to work with, too. You have done an awesome interpretation of adult looking through the glass at child memory–and I dig your metaphors, too. The weights the Queen added is a great spin on the original, as is the open eyes to adventure. Hard to keep idealism, but so worth it! Brava!


  6. Valentine Logar

    Christy when we step into the rabbit hole it can be frightening, unless friends reach out to grab us and show us the way through. It is always just one step, sometimes small steps but one step at time. I want to give you this one:


  7. Aquileana

    “Twinkle, twinkle, little bat! How I wonder what you’re at!”

    Hello Christy;

    This is a lovely poem…. I keep on thinking that “Alice in Wonderland” is a very deep book, not only stuff for kids…

    I agree with your fellows readers above in reference to the importance of the last stanza…
    It gave us such a positive detour!!!.

    My favorite characters of the story are the Queen of Hearts, the caterpillar & of course the White Rabbit…

    Thanks for bringing them back to the spotlight, you little curious gal 😉

    I have also posted once something linking to Carroll´s book … Check our posts below, honey.

    Wishing you an everlasting happy sunday; Aquileana 🙂


    Chapter VII. “A Mad Tea Party”. Alice in Wonderland, By Lewis Carroll (one of my favorite

    Alice sighed wearily. `I think you might do something better with the time,’ she said, `than waste it in asking riddles that have no answers.’

    `If you knew Time as well as I do,’ said the Hatter, `you wouldn’t talk about wasting IT. It’s HIM.’

    `I don’t know what you mean,’ said Alice.

    `Of course you don’t!’ the Hatter said, tossing his head contemptuously. `I dare say you never even spoke to Time!’

    `Perhaps not,’ Alice cautiously replied: `but I know I have to beat time when I learn music.’

    `Ah! that accounts for it,’ said the Hatter. `He won’t stand beating. Now, if you only kept on good terms with him, he’d do almost anything you liked with the clock.



    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      Oh! Look at us again posting about similar literary projects! I’m going to go read your Alice in Wonderland post soon – I can’t wait to ‘devour’ the words 🙂

      It’s wonderful that we are going back and reading posts from before we met one another. I like the White Rabbit too – there are many great characters in the book.

      Good selection you quote in your comment – oh dear Alice!!

      Have a wonderful night ❤


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