Alice Falling

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I am down the rabbit hole.
I am, I can feel it.

We are familiar with each other—
this weightlessness and I.

Tethers of knowing better
wave in the breeze above my head

as

 
I

 
fall.

I will pretend
as long as I can
that I know the way back—
but I don’t.

I never do.

I end up some place else.
Wonderland.
Fantasyland.
Neverland.

Still, what I see in the looking glass
is as curious as she thought,
and it whispers sweet Elysium

as

 
I

 
fall.

• • •

Poem ©2013, Jen Payne

Image: Alice’s Fall, ©Madeline Masarik. Reprinted here with permission. For more of her beautiful, haunting photography, please CLICK HERE.

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