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.
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?
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