Anticipation: Alice moving under skies/ Never seen by waking eyes

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? — Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass, Chapter XII: “Which Dreamed It?”

The poem is an acrostic. Going down, the first letter of each line spells out “Alice Pleasance Liddell.”

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3 Responses to “Anticipation: Alice moving under skies/ Never seen by waking eyes”

  1. ldnearthesea Says:

    Tom Waits did one of his more jazzier tunes of late about seven years ago on an album titled ‘Real Gone’ in which he sings a song called “Alice.” It could have been on one of his albums in the 70’s, like ‘Small Change.’

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Love it!

  3. driee Says:

    i love this!

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