Through the Glass

Alice saw herself in her looking glass
and walked through
into a topsy turvy world where
everything was back to front and inside out.
She drifted into a dreamscape
of madness and unreality, 
without breaking the glass.
Uncut by the shards of her mirror 
or the place she entered into.
She had only to wake to make 
things the right way round again.

But walking through a clear glass,
a transparent window,
it would have been different.
Her reflection would float 
towards a place where everything 
seemed the right way round.
Where everything made sense

and added up sweet with reason.
A place without madness,
which looked easy to enter
and had no sharp edges.

But this glass forms an invisible barrier
to the other side and the life
that seduces and entices her.
And to get through she has to break the glass,
whose sharp edges cut her
and propel her crazily into a place
where she cannot wake.
A jagged, topsy turvy place 
where everything spins round wildly.
Where caricatures of humanity scream out
trying to make sense of it.

Front to back and outside in.
Everything is the wrong way round again.

Published in Silver Birch Press 2015 and Anomalie


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