Friday, March 30, 2012

A Boat Beneath A Sunny Sky

In 1984 I was in fourth grade- Dad bought me a copy of Alice and Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. It ended with this acrostic poem, then my favorite and now a strange if evocative one, that gives the name 'Alice Pleasance Liddell' when expanded. Alice was one of the three siblings to whom the story was originally told by Carroll.

A boat beneath a sunny sky,
Lingering onward dreamily
In an evening of July-

Children three that nestle near,
Eager eye and willing ear,
Pleased a simple tale to hear-

Long has paled that sunny sky:
Echoes fade and memories die.
Autumn frosts have slain July.

Still she haunts me, phantomwise,
Alice moving under skies
Never seen by waking eyes.

Children yet, the tale to hear,
Eager eye and willing ear,
Lovingly shall nestle near.

In a Wonderland they lie,
Dreaming as the days go by,
Dreaming as the summers die:

Ever drifting down the stream--
Lingering in the golden gleam--
Life, what is it but a dream?

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