Alice Speaks

As I shrank
the world became larger
and unfriendlier. I believed
impossible things before
waking. Over and over
I read the letters
and the space between
the lines widened until
I could plainly see the hidden
messages: Eat Me Drink
Me Inject Me
. Pointlessly I
examined all the alternatives
and when I had vanished
behind a large fan
the note I left was carefully
worded to say nothing

©2002 F.J. Bergmann

"Alice Speaks " was the runner-up for the 2003 Joy Bale Boone Poetry Prize and appeared in Wind magazine #91 Winter 2003.

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