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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.

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:


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