‘she has often seen a cat without a grin but never a grin without a cat’ — Lewis Carroll, Alice In Wonderland


Pretend with a smile

than snarl

at some incorrigible, halfwit

that can’t be redeemed to cerebral grace.

Even if blood boils in rage,

cells holler for counterstrokes,

create tender moments with diplomacy.

Be a Cheshire Cat.

Posted for Susan’s Midweek Motif ~ Masks @ Poets United


16 thoughts on “Mask

  1. Hahaha! How many moments like this I wanted to have while teaching–and did erupt a little to my sorrow. But I cannot imagine you doing this! Even the language in the poem is a little shocking–but then, that’s the point isn’t it? And I think the Cheshire Cat (and even Jesus) had their moments.

  2. Brilliant poem. A very good reminder. Now my antennae will be up, watching for the niggling feeling of resentment so that I can nip ‘the halfwit’ in the bud before it blooms.Smiles.

Thank You :)

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