TILLY IN WONDERLAND(for Lyn)
in the mirror.
Suddenly she darts behind
amazed to find
the image of her
“... gone! ”
Cries to herself
she’s lost herself.
Next day I superglue
two mirrors together
which ever side she is!
She calls herself
on this side
“Me! Me! ”
on the other.
Her mother wonders
(my little Alice)
only answers now
to the name
“Me! Me! ”
to her cat
this new found fact
of her two-ness.
He seems happy
“Cat! Cat! ”
she cleverly insists
that Tilly stays up
& that “Me! Me! ”
goes to bed
“...’cos she’s tired
but Tilly’s not! ”
“In the morning
Tilly no want go
“Me! Me! ” go!
She stupid…can’t talk!
School learn her
We have the suspicion
Tilly is smarter than
the two of us
& is adept at
utilising her doppelganger...
sending it to do
the things Tilly
doesn’t want to do.
We envy her
wish that we
could do that too!
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