Once upon a time
In the late 1800’s actually
And in the normal mundanity
Of the typical boring times we used to live
We read about the adventures of one ‘Alice’
Who fell down a deep, deep rabbit hole
Pratfalling at the bottom!
A pain in her butt and stars in her head!
Alice found herself in Wonderland
Where her technicolored nightmare begins…
She met colorful, bewitching and zany inhabitants
Like Tweedledee and Tweedledum
and whiny Humpty Dumpty, falling off a wall
There was a wily slime-green caterpillar
and enigmatic Cheshire cat
The Mad Hatter and his friend the March Hare
and a talking lion and unicorn
Off-colored flora, fauna and funny small animals
And most weird of all —
She attended a very proper English tea party
with the buxom ‘Queen of Hearts’
Who ends up ordering her wacky
Deck-of-cards soldiers to chase her down
and to chop ‘off with her head’!
We all dreaded the inevitable for Alice, didn’t we?
There was no way out!
No way, seemingly
For Alice to get way back up that hole!
As kids, this was to us our first horror movie masquerading as a fairy-tale!
For decades poor Alice’s ordeal gave birth to the warning –
—when speaking of ridiculous ideas:
‘You don’t want to go down that rabbit hole!’
But not so funny now–or nearly as horrible
Not in our new normal
Our modern day rabbit-hole has become not so ridiculous…and actually mundane
Albeit, still an alternate universe to my way of thinking
And yet, there are readily available escapistlands
such as that holey-darkness called ‘Disneyland’
Many now yearn to go down that hole
For without apology, there
One finds happiness!
Only fantasies allowed!
None of the awful realities
Offered up during our century and a half
Since Alice fell down her storied rabbit-hole
Indeed, over our current reality
Many prefer that now rainbow-holed fantasy
After all, above ground we now live
Under innumerable existential threats
Such as a real COVID-19 pandemic reality
Thus this current rabbit-hole is now touted
As ‘The Happiest Place on Earth’!
Who, even with PPEs* on wouldn’t want to go there!
I cry, even
Then I carefully jump over
All huge, dark, gaping holes in the ground
And I search instead for solid trails
By way of a certain unsullied narrow
and crooked road…
The road to God’s ‘PARADISELAND’
*PPEs Personal Protection equipment
January 9, 2022