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An ekphrastic poem for Poetry Friday

My poetry sisters and I have been at it again. This month, our challenge was to write an ekphrastic poem based on the following photo that Tanita found in the Creative Commons:



Pretty much as soon as I saw the image, I thought of Lewis Carroll's Alice. And after two weeks or so of thinking, and still in a spin over the current political situation in the U.S., this is what I wrote.

Alice
by Kelly Ramsdell Fineman

Down the rabbit hole
Through the looking glass

Where time misbehaves
And cats gaslight you on the regular

The time has come, the Walrus said,
to talk of many things:
Of dictators and sycophants,
of outrages and swings.


The Red Queen now is orange,
but still as temperamental.

Heads will roll, that’s for sure.
It’s a question of when, not if.

Who would choose to go there?
Who would take the risk?

For more on ekphrastic poems, I direct you to this very old post of mine. For more ekphrastic poems based on this image, I direct you to my poetry sisters:

Laura
Liz
Sara
Tanita
Tricia

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( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
TS Davis
Mar. 3rd, 2017 12:39 am (UTC)
From your mouth to God's ear...
...may it be a question of WHEN, and may the answer be SOON. It's past time for heads to roll.
kellyrfineman
Mar. 8th, 2017 01:50 am (UTC)
Re: From your mouth to God's ear...
Here's hoping! (I hear rumors that serious shit (even more serious shit?) will hit the fan in the next 10 days.)
Liz Garton Scanlon
Mar. 3rd, 2017 01:25 pm (UTC)
Oh, I love this soooo much! All the political punch, all the allusion. This is this morning's read aloud!
kellyrfineman
Mar. 8th, 2017 01:51 am (UTC)
Yay! And thanks!!
Mary Lee Hahn
Mar. 4th, 2017 08:20 pm (UTC)
Bam! You nailed it!
kellyrfineman
Mar. 8th, 2017 01:51 am (UTC)
Thanks!!
Laura Purdie Salas
Mar. 5th, 2017 12:56 pm (UTC)
The Red Queen now is orange,
but still as temperamental.

Love the mix of humor and anger here. I read the Heads will roll line differently from Tanita--I was thinking of innocent people's heads. Ugh.
kellyrfineman
Mar. 8th, 2017 01:51 am (UTC)
Works both ways, actually. And I thought of it as innocent people as well.
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