Alice the conjurer

Winging through the persistent dark,
Blunt night, vaunting stars,
The jackdaw — a witches’ cauldron bird;
Impromptu, Alice conjures up a spell from
A Grimoire and yawping crow’s foot brew.

She travels through the looking-glass where
Flamingos play croquet on slippery grass,
Where playing cards paint roses and little girls tell fibs;
From the Queen of hearts she receives a
Tarted sentence — Be off with her pretty young head!

But Alice turns a sleight-of-hand using the white rabbit
Hat and magic wand, turns the queen into a
Jabberwocky — That’s banging, no it’s not quarreled the
Tweedle twins; I think it’s time to sneaker sneak, retorted the
Cheshire cat. And off to the Mock turtle soupy sea they went.

Perhaps we’ll have some soup with our tea, said the Hatter king,
On the Island where mushrooms and cabbages grow;
But I don’t want to go, said Alice as she looked a little puzzled,
It doesn’t serve my purpose! I’d rather go down a cottontail hole!
Do you suppose though if the rabbits will let me warren?

It seems a shame, the looking-glass said, to play upon
You such a trick! Whereupon Alice took a handkerchief and
Dried her massive tears. The moon was shining sulkily when
Alice awoke rather curiouser from a sleep — Do you suppose,
She asked her March hare, was this real or all of it just a dream?

Copyright © 01/31/2018 lance sheridan®


49 comments on “Alice the conjurer

  1. Alice in wonderland, one of my favourite book.
    Thank you, Lance.

  2. This is perfection Lance, such a delightful poem.

  3. Highly creative, entertaining and so much fun! My eyes were racing ahead to see how it would all end. Such an enjoyable read! Thank you for sharing. Your words and “Alice” image blend perfectly.

  4. delphini510 says:

    Lance, I love your poem based by n the back-to-front world of Alice in the Looking Glass land.
    With words like Jabberwocky … how can you but smile.


  5. weedjee says:

    Wow, positive and as Alice a classic for your readers as me. Congrats!

  6. dourdan says:

    love the way you put the idea of the entire story into a poem.
    it reads like a fable/nursery rhyme

  7. Wonderlan! Absolutely! That’s how I feel when I read your words! ❤

  8. Alice in Wonderland was wonderful to read aloud to my daughter. This took me back to those times.

  9. crazywitch25 says:

    Interesting. I love this one! It’s good to blend titles. Have a wonderful day.

  10. A little Fungus Magic in that Grimoire, I suspect. 😉
    Good cheer to you!

  11. That’s a marvelous version of Alice in Wonderland.

  12. A lovely variation on “Alice in Wonderland”.

  13. I haven’t read the book but have seen the various films and I like your poem better, wonderful visual images combined like jewels✨

  14. Blaine Thompson says:

    You must have been a reader of Martin Gardner, too. 🙂

    • I do read quite a lot, but alas, not Martin Gardner.

      • Blaine Thompson says:

        Your merger of Carroll’s work and conjuring are the perfect match. You’ll have something to look forward to someday if you find time to read about some of Gardner’s claims to fame. 🙂

        All of your poetry is beyond description in its excellence. So glad I found you.

      • Blaine, I’m sincerely appreciative for your feedback and support of my work- thank you. And, I wish you the absolute best with your writing.

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