Fat Cheshire Cat

by The Poetry Channel

I have indulged
overmuch
in the vintage
of self estimation,
imbibed the distilled
liquor of sycophants,
I am drunk with power.

I will quench the sun,
light makes me squint.
In that truth
verisimilitude lies.
Distortions of the
Funhouse mirror kind.
I am become the
Fat Cheshire Cat,
orange stripes
perched upon my
Golden throne
spoiling Tea Parties,
shutting down
the Rabbit Hole.
Just tell Alice,
The Mad Queen,
Lady Liberty says
go back home.
~
M. Zane McClellan
~
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8 Comments to “Fat Cheshire Cat”

  1. Colourful, potent vehicle, enjoyed that.
    Did you mean ‘I am become the’.. I found it stopped me.

    • Thank you, Anita. Yes, I meant it exactly like that. An adaptation of the line from the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad-Gita… “Now, I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.”
      However, I felt the article fit.

      • Ok, excuse my ignorance then. Again, a lovely write.

      • Oh dear Lord, I hardly expected anyone to know that. It stuck in my head from a favorite book and movie, The Hunt for Red October.
        I wasn’t being pretentious, it just came to me that way. Another poet’s asked the very same thing earlier. I realize it’s unconventional, but I just liked the way it sounds in my head.

      • I was familiar with some of the of old text since my dad was a Hindu, but more a scientist and wasn’t interested in the unearthly lol. I would have use that to death had I known of it lol. ..Red October was a very good film also!

      • I write fantasy novels & short stories and find ancient texts a great place to borrow from. A little twist on names or the mythology, min n match to make it my own. So Zoroastrianism mixed with something from the I Ching and voila! Otherworldly.

  2. A little twist on names or the mythology, min n match to make it my own. .

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