Beth Camp Historical Fiction

Saturday, December 20, 2008

#142 Late . . .

The rabbit knows.
Down the hole he falls,
head first. He’s late, he’s late.
Alice follows through the looking glass,
to some wild tea party
under the trees of summer.
But I’m late. It’s snowing steadily now.
The leaves are long gone.
The tea party's forgotten.
I could run madly
like the rabbit, but
snow covers the way.
Solstice promises aside,
winter lasts a long, long time.

Today the Weather Channel warns of blizzards along the Columbia Gorge through Sunday. This snow is not exactly "late" but somehow echoes in this week's Sunday Scribblings.


  1. I love the Alice in Wonderland references. Cute poem :)

  2. We are living the winter of 2008, the one they will talked about for many years to come. Merry Christmas from Hillsboro, Oregon.

  3. Luckily the weather isn't too bad where I am in the UK. But some places are really getting it.

  4. I like it, the image of rabbits scrambling for cover, of all life finding refuge indoors while the wild white winds whip madly outside.
    Thanks for a great poem.

  5. Very nice poem. I like the Alice in Wonderland references. Winter does last a long, long time...and I'm tired of it already. I thought of the Alice in Wonderland "late" also.

  6. I like how you tied snow and Alice in Wonderland into your poem. The rabbit was so worried about being late, and for good reasons, too.
    My great-grandmother used to say that winter snows feed the cherry blossoms, and so winter may last a long, long time, but without it we wouldn't have the beautiful spring weather.

    Thank you for your comments on my blog.

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  8. Love the poem, and the rabbit is the perfect one for the prompt. We went over to Lewis Carroll's village recently to see the stained glass windows, but the church was locked... perhaps we were too late.

  9. Ah, nice work! In Northern Idaho, we have enough snow to last til June and it's still falling. It wasn't late but it will be long!

  10. Yeah, but ... the snow will melt and then you can go down the hole then. So maybe you're really just early.

  11. My sympathies are with your rabbits - we're looking at a long, long winter here, too!

  12. Anonymous11:06 AM

    yay, i'm glad you did alice in wonderland for 'late'. i thought about that aspect as well. do you live in oregon too? crazy snow here! i enjoyed the poem.

  13. Really enjoyed the poem. I especially like the way the Alice in Wonderland theme is woven into the poem. Winter always lasts too long for me, too!
    P.S. Thanks for the visit.

  14. Anonymous10:57 PM

    I like how you wove the rabbit from Alice into this. I hope you can stay inside and the blizzard is more beautiful rather than causing damage.
    Enjoying my first visit here.

  15. I was just thinking of Alice in Wonderland the other day; all the artists that have redone the art in their own style - thinking that would be a fun project to work on. And here you have restrung some words; very nicely too!

  16. Anonymous4:28 PM

    hoo.. so wonderful.
    i love alice and the rabbit and love your poem...
    just makes me feel a child and wild and alive.