Rabbit Hole

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Ellen's picture

Trapped in a place
Humid and warm
Like underground.
Am I getting bigger or is the house getting smaller?
Me blundering around
Raising dust from the floor
Ceiling,
The walls
I heave air into my lungs
I cough.
You laugh.
The language in this country--
It’s circular
Round
The residents insane
You want me to act like a blind man,
Deaf man, too?
Don’t let’s all run for the exit at once!
I hold out my hand
And you slap it
He shakes it
Flip Wilson style
Who is in charge?
Who is watching the watchers?
Nothing human is alien to me
Except when you stamp your feet
And demand
To be fed rubies
When you know there is only grain.
You are angry and refuse to eat.
Come let’s go where they know
Your language,
Where it is safe –
Get out before it
Caves in on us all.
You fold your arms and
Fall to the ground
Shaking your head
Better I should leave then
Save myself
You will perish
Whether I am here or not.
Only one way out
Can I squeeze through it?
I scuttle out the tight opening
You call the door
And I look back
And see a hole in the ground.

By Ellen A. Wilkin

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Ellen
Ever learning, Everlasting