Today we have an innovative mirror poem by Marian O’Brien Paul, Ph. D.
Marian works from the A Place for Words: Poetry and Otherwise website.
The poem first appeared on Robert Lee Brewer’s Poetic Asides website.
Thanks to Marian for allowing it to be published here, and please enjoy.
Through the Looking Glass
Imagining I was Alice
inside mirror, room reversed
feeling disoriented, left on
on left, disoriented feeling,
reversed room, mirror inside.
Alice was I: imagining.
With Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland released tomorrow in UK cinemas, I thought it would be an opportune moment to create a Folding Mirror poem on that theme.
Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland story does indeed seem a very relevant theme for a Folding Mirror poem, with the normal world above the rabbit hole inverted down below.
So, with the folding middle line acting as the rabbit hole, I thought I’d create the FM poem with the normal world in the top half and wonderland below.
The poem mirrors either in the mirroring lines either side of the middle, with a word count of:
5-9-7-6-5-6-4-3 (6) 3-4-6-5-6-7-9-5
world of order with antipodies
food clearly labelled so you know what it is
walk in straight lines and follow signs
which way, makes sense, linear lines
laws maintain straight and narrow
formal protocol for you to follow
people work to time
regular clockwork chime
another world down the rabbit hole
it’s mad-hatter’s luck
time does not work
cheshire cat lost grin mouse tailcity
reverse expected abnormality to normality
no rules, rules are, inverted showing
turn away to get where you’re going
don’t eat with expectation that it is what sees
wonderland is full of antipathies
I researched the poem on the Victorian Web website.