Friday Flashback: At the Whiffle of the Jabberwock

As a child I was fascinated and somewhat obsessed with Lewis Carroll—reading everything of and about him I could get my hands on, including of course, his famous Alice books. It was at this time I began to write quite a lot; the following piece was inspired by one of his most famous poems, “Jabberwocky.” I was probably about 12 or 13 when I wrote it.

Given I have been perusing of late lots of my childhood, teenage and university writings, I’ve decided to share on some Fridays with a bit of flashback each time. Especially as a pre-teen my interests led me to some unusual (for me) creative outlets, so it will be curious, as Alice might say, to see where, if anyplace those long-ago pre-occupations might take me now.

Both images below are Sir John Tenniel’s illustrations from Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There; further information on the artist as well as the complete original poem can be found by clicking on the pictures.



Jot down, my friend, if you will

A poem once told, yet better still

Beware, interpretations volatile. . .

But listen carefully! I hear a sound

Echoes of footsteps on the ground

Rumbling faintly ‘round and ‘round.


Was that the Jabberwock I heard,

O’erpassing a mocking bird,

Chatting and burbling so absurd??

. . .Keep in mind, ‘tis more than silly talk

You’ll see at the whiffle of the Jabberwock.


[Jabberwocky images to be replaced]