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Wonderland III: The Hairdresser's Tale

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Originally published: 6th July 2020

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This poem was placed 1st = in Brian Strand's "COMPLETELY NEW" (6) Poetry Contest.

With my thanks and apologies to Lewis Carroll and Geoffrey Chaucer.


 

 

Morning She would chat and then nod as she washed And laugh as she dried and then curled But behind all the smiles that were wide, fixed and false She felt challenged and alone in the world. She felt angry and always so tired With debts adding up to her worry She would rather stay home and dream every day Than be out every hour earning money. Noon She looked at herself in the mirror And then sighed at the things she had seen: Her life going backwards from where she once was When her path was marked out to be queen. She reflected back onto her childhood And the reasons for her mistrust of men The real world took over when she opened her eyes She was young and so different back then. She was tempted to run from her rehab. To a place that could let her forget And hide down a hole where the 'Drink Me' was free But she stood firm and wasn't there yet. She felt trapped in her work ever after And wanted to leave and explore But each time she tried, she failed and then found She was back in the salon once more. Night She helped out in The Tabard each evening To avoid all the beatings at home. She would laugh and play chess with the customers there But despite this felt very alone. She returned to her home just past midnight A place that she hated and feared Her husband was up and waiting for her With eyes that stared back and looked weird. She said nothing on entering the hallway Then said she was going to bed. He breathed a big sigh and then he spoke out And these are his words that he said: - I went to The Tabard this evening To meet with a guy who sells gold. I wanted to make you a ring for our love Now I'm back and I'm wet and I'm cold. Later That Night She ignored her fifth husband's advances And reached out for something instead With scissors in hand came a voice from her heart It was his turn to hear "Off with his head!" WONDERLAND Wonderland: Prologue Wonderland I: The Hatter's Tale Wonderland II: The Watchmaker's Tale Wonderland III: The Hairdresser's Tale Wonderland IV: The Chef's Tale Wonderland V: The Sailor's Tale Wonderland VI: The Preacher's Tale Wonderland: Conclusion

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Date: 11/20/2020 3:00:00 PM
Marvellous, what a great storyteller you are Gary, I’m really enjoying each one of your poetic tales... Belle
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Gary Radice
Date: 11/22/2020 1:34:00 PM
Much appreciated Belle. Cheers - Gary
Date: 10/25/2020 6:31:00 AM
Quite eerie with this one Gary. I love it! Linda
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Gary Radice
Date: 10/25/2020 9:36:00 AM
Yes, Linda, this is a dark poem. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I think there are very dark parts in Alice (Wonderland / Looking Glass) and The Canterbury Tales so attempted to highlight some of them in these poems. Cheers - Gary
Date: 7/13/2020 6:40:00 AM
Wow! Off with his head. No one should cross a sister with a scissors! Enjoyed the write!
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Gary Radice
Date: 7/13/2020 8:39:00 AM
Thanks Kim! :)
Date: 7/8/2020 12:24:00 PM
Powerful and poignant picture of the emptiness left by abuse, Gary. And, so often, that abuse is unknown until "off with his head" becomes a stark reality. The way you set up the poem is unique and very creative! Congratulations!
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Gary Radice
Date: 7/8/2020 1:23:00 PM
Thank you Sam! As well as Alice, there was a bit of The Wife Of Bath in there too..she had had 5 husbands but loved her fifth the most despite him beating her..Something that would shock many .I decided she could have the final say in my poem :)
Date: 7/8/2020 11:56:00 AM
Gary, I enjoyed the nods to Lewis Carroll with your italicized phrases, and found your write to be very sympathetic to the plight of the sad hairdresser. Congrats on your win with Brian ~ John
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Gary Radice
Date: 7/8/2020 12:16:00 PM
Thank you John for your kind comments. I've always been fascinated by Lewis Carroll's characters and liked the idea of writing about an older Alice. I snuck a few other references in there too..The chess and the looking glass (mirror) and becoming a queen but I admit they are obscure. :)
Date: 7/8/2020 7:45:00 AM
Enjoyed this! Congrats on your top win!;)
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Gary Radice
Date: 7/8/2020 8:13:00 AM
Thank you Brenda! Good to read you back at The Soup.
Date: 7/6/2020 7:54:00 AM
Creative and expressive work. Many out there understand exactly what this lady was going through. Sara
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Gary Radice
Date: 7/6/2020 9:09:00 AM
Thank you Sara :) The hairdresser has attributes of both Alice (Looking Glass & Wonderland) and The Wife of Bath (Canterbury Tales) albeit with much spin. Their stories and characters intrigue me as much as the real life issues sadden me. Thank you once again. Cheers Gary!