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An Ode to Cheshire Cat by Irena Pasvinter

An Ode to Cheshire Cat

Your Mischievous Majesty Cheshire Cat,
Pray tell me, what do you think of that:
Lately you are in my thoughts a lot—
Have you been following me or what?

When in the mornings at the mirror I stare
I search for myself, but I’m not there.
Am I a victim of identity theft?
Only a smile is all that’s left.

And though this smile is sort of mine
it morphs and twists like a tricky rhyme:
I see my mom, than my brother and
I glance again—and it’s my dad.

Your Shape-shifting Majesty Cheshire Cat,
Frankly, I try not to think of that,
But what if one day I forget how to smile?
Will I disappear, not just for a while,

But vanish completely? Don’t hide it, my friend:
Without the smile there’s nothing: THE END.
When in the mornings at the mirror I stare
I search for the smile. I’m glad it’s still there.

by Irena Pasvinter, first appeared in Mad Swirl

Editor’s Note: This lighthearted poem approaches aging and nostalgia from a place of both love and surprise, while holding at bay the darker emotions that nevertheless lurk beneath the surface.


One response to “An Ode to Cheshire Cat by Irena Pasvinter”

  1. crsunde Avatar

    Enjoyable read. Thanks. (The rhymes were so easy and light.)

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