The March Challenge, in honor of Children's Poetry Day*, wanted writers to consider things from a child's level. Monday's Child posted an illustration of the famed Wonderland tea party, by Fernando Falcone - and bkm asked the question. "...most of us relate to a specific character in Wonderland....Which one are you?"
To respond to all of the above, I wrote a ZaniLa.
“I am the Hatter; here’s the March Hare,”
said the strange man in my dreams.
“Beware the Queen – she’s terribly mean,
and please know, nothing is as it seems.”
“I am Alice. Pleased to meet you, but…”
I politely asked this pair,
“…she’s terribly mean? Beware the Queen?
It sounds like ghastly tidings you share.”
“Quite,” said the Hatter, “Nevertheless,
it is ‘time’ to serve cream tea.”
“Beware the Queen; she’s terribly mean!”
March Hare poured, as he nodded at me.
With that, the Dormouse woke abruptly.
“Odds Bods! I’m trying to doze.
She’s terribly mean! Beware that Queen!”
He gestured to me. “Queen, I suppose?”
“No!” I cried, “I’m just a little girl!”
Those chaps calmly sipped a cup.
“I’m not the Queen – so what can you mean?”
And then, at that moment, I woke up.
“What a weird dream!” I said to myself.
“How’d things get so out of hand?”
I shook; such strange mien. Still…not a queen,
‘though I’d just visited Wonderland.
*Just a quick note regarding children writing poetry (a subject near and dear to my heart!)...next week, on March 29th, I will be teaching a kids' poetry class at Kreative Kids. If you live in the area, and also, for more information, please visit their website. Thanks!