Concerning Alice (rpg)

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic
Exploring the darker side of Carroll's love of little girls...

Submitted: February 21, 2011

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It was very nice to be one of his little girls.
 — Winifred Holiday
 
Alice wasn’t sure she could stand it. The man
who had shown them Wonderland. The man
who had dressed her, fed her on treats
of butter and tarts, pickles and potions. Eat me,
said some. Drink me, said others. He was always mad.
Mad as a hatter, perhaps, but not that.
 
He wrote such wonderful stories
for her, those problems of logic, poems
that didn’t make sense.
Would it be de riguer that there should be a third
to dinner?Tête à tête is so much the nicest…
He was always so clever. She shivers.
 
They say that he liked to take photographs
of girls, little girls,
without any clothes on. In his house they found
the collection. There is talk of a diary,
concerning Alice, details of courtship
and offerings. I am fond of children, he said,
except boys. It was supposed to be a joke.
 
She remembers the pictures. There were so many
pictures. The boys always seemed to need clothes.
In the stories Alice loved, the rabbit runs late,
the march hare toasts his unbirthday, and the queen
commands armies of cards. The world is
an upside, topsy-turvy world, and it takes
all the running one can do, only to stay
 
in one place. She remembers
the pictures, the cat’s Cheshire grin –
Mad as a hatter perhaps, but not that.


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