A special edition of Fractured Fables in honor of the birthday of Lewis Carrol, featuring Twinkle Twinkle Little Bat, You Are Old, Father William, Speak Roughly to Your Little Child (the song of the Duchess) and an improvised poem by the King of Hearts:
I had them and I gave them to her,
and she had one of them.
Then she gave me back to him
and had another, er, cup of tea.
And then they had for nobody
a meaning that was clear–
If only they should give it back
it would be very dear.
She gave them once, I gave them twice
they came back to the other
And everybody wrote a poem
about somebody’s mother.
And then when we were all confused
the poem never ended,
And I’m a king who makes up nonsense,
and is very very long-winded!
This is the original poem by Lewis Carrol:
They told me you had been to her
And mentioned me to him;
She gave me a good character,
But said I could not swim.
He sent them word I had not gone,
(We know it to be true);
If she should push the matter on,
What would become of you?
I gave her one, they gave him two,
You gave us three or more;
They all returned from him to you,
Though they were mine before.
If I or she should chance to be
Involved in this affair,
He trusts to you to set them free,
Exactly as we were.
My notion was that you had been
(Before she had this fit)
An obstacle that came between
Him, and ourselves, and it.
Don’t let him know she liked them best,
For this must ever be
A secret, kept from all the rest,
Between yourself and me.
Improvised Bank Street Bookstore on 1-26-14.
Camera by Nere Kapiteni (with a little “help” from an antsy tot or two!)