Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette
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Poem: "Eat Me, Drink Me"

This is the freebie for the April 2014 crowdfunding Creative Jam.  It was inspired by a prompt from ellenmillion.


Eat Me, Drink Me


We are what we eat.

Is it any wonder, then,
that we imagine ourselves
changing in response to that?

Drink this to shrink small,
eat this to grow tall --
it's never that simple,
but we dream of it anyway.

What is the taste of diminishment?
What is the flavor of expansion?

The mad tea party is all about
moving without changing.

The caterpillar's smoke is all about
changing without moving.

The real mystery is this:
you don't need a rabbit hole because
every body is wonderland.

* * *

Notes:

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is a famous fantasy novel.  It features a potion labeled "Drink Me" and a cake labeled "Eat Me."  Other ingestibles in Wonderland may have strange effects too, and the whole story is very much about self-perception and transformation.  These often inspire decoration for baked goods or other treats.

Tags: cyberfunded creativity, fantasy, fishbowl, poem, poetry, reading, weblit, writing
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