A knocking in my brain all night
A rapping, course and rushed
An open door, numbered bottles
Drink me now you must!
The world shrinks and is then too big
Too big for the beings in my mind
A rabbit hole, a pack of cards
The red queen I must find!
A forest and a floating cat?
He looks at me so eager
Piercing eyes of liquid gold
A grin bordering on evil
The queen commands, you must obey
And paint white roses yet
The brushes so huge, the paint arrives
Each shade from a different man’s head
Back to reality now and I hate it
I take one pill and then another
I must go back, finish my chat
Meet the wise blue caterpillar
I hear a loud siren, I see a black car
Are those the queen’s new men?
They ask me to puff air into a tube
And hold up fingers more than ten
“I’m telling you they exist, they do!
You can’t take away my meds”
“We better get her a separate cell officer
This girl’s not right in the head”
I have to attend a tea party soon
Being late is rude, you must understand
Mr Rabbit will be waiting for me
And the poor hatter will be mad!
And the queen will seek them all out, I know
She’ll want each one of them dead
She’ll sit on her throne of cards and scream
She’ll say ‘Off with their heads!!”
But now my hands are tightly bound
This van’s taking me far away
Away from the creatures in my mind
A place only I can save
And yet as they push me into this room
And tell me this is my new home
I see that the doctors big white hat
Hides a feline face below!
It’s a cat! He says hello to me
He tells me I belong ‘right here’
“No I don’t! You’re mad!” I say
“Alice, we’re all mad here”
By Anusha Datta