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Alice Always

by Kate Demeree

She pulls the drapes, shuts the blinds,
Hangs the sign marked closed,
What is written in her eyes,
Only the mirror knows

Scarecrow and the tin man
No longer come to play
An uneasy ghostly slumber
In a shallow grave they lay.

Cowardly lion and Dorothy
Play neath a summer sky
While Alice and Toto watch as...
White Rabbit goes running by..

She closes the door and locks it
Slowly turning the key
As a reedy whisperer says
Alice you will alwaysÂ… be

02/09/2004

Posted on 02/09/2004
Copyright © 2021 Kate Demeree

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Anne Engelen on 02/10/04 at 11:27 AM

Is this about growing up and kinda losing the fairy tale belief? It kinda makes me wonder. Enjoyable read, Kate:)

Posted by Philip F De Pinto on 02/10/04 at 03:14 PM

Wonderful poem about Alice, Kate, whose shutting down is reminiscent of shutting down ratty 42nd street in Manhattan and replacing it with Mickey Mouse. Long live Alice and may her cheshire be sicced on the decorative rodents on watches. Give me the real rats o'ver the cartoon versions anytime.

Posted by Maureen Glaude on 02/13/04 at 05:49 PM

we have a well-known poet award-winning, in Ottawa and Canada, who you could probably find the works of, Stephanie Bolster, who has a series of poems published, in chapbook form or books, about Alice and the author of the fairy tale. She takes the inspiration, like you do, and creates twists and plays on it. I think you did a fine job of this one, Kate, and I felt the wistfulness but the decision to not be involved with those old traps again.

Posted by Ken Harnisch on 02/13/04 at 07:59 PM

you do these twists on the fairy tales and children's tales so well...the irony sizzles and the smiles at its deftness never fail to materialize

Posted by Glenn Currier on 02/23/04 at 01:43 AM

Oh, my lady Katy, how you bring that little girl alive! You are a one and only. Thanks for taking me on your redmagic carpet ride.

Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 02/26/04 at 07:12 PM

Excellent piece Kate. One of your recent best that I can recall. Haunting, evocative, a little mysterious...great expression!

Posted by Katerina T Nix on 03/09/04 at 07:30 AM

Great read. Well done on a great piece :) Kat

Posted by Charles E Minshall on 03/10/04 at 05:10 AM

Good poem of the neither world of Alice Katie....Charlie

Posted by Michele Schottelkorb on 05/14/04 at 10:14 PM

i love alice... and i LOVE this poem... oh thank you, thank you... this is grand... blessings...

Posted by Indigo Tempesta on 07/08/04 at 07:40 PM

absolutely lovely. that's all. the last line, i had to think about, to decide...but i've concluded that it is perfect. thanks.

Posted by Charles E Minshall on 10/15/04 at 04:49 AM

Congratulations for potd Katie...Charlie

Posted by Anastasia Selby on 10/28/08 at 02:05 AM

oh the images and pace of this poem, it's awesome. I loved it.

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