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Beware the Jabberwock, My Son!

Written by Millionaire’s Digest Team Member: G. Jefferies

Founder & Owner of: Fiction is Food

Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor, Aspiring Author and Writing Writer


And so we arrive at the conclusion of this triplet of posts themed on Genius to Insanity. A very liberal interpretation but having journeyed through Einstein and Poe we arrive at madness and a book by Lewis Carrol you might have heard of entitled Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Not that Carrol was mad…far from it…it takes total genius to pluck this talefrom the imagination.

There are obvious mad quotations I could use but some I have already bunged into blog comments on other people’s posts…I’ve therefore decided on different ones, unexpected ones for those that know me to tie in with the challenge theme…

Alice: “This is impossible”

Hatter: “Only if you believe it is”

The axiom ‘this is impossible’ crawls all over; the homework at school will draw out parents with an eye roll and a nod, the student failing to grasp relativity (on topic, see below for links to the first post), the illustrious computer say no (previous post on my blog when the computer said no and really meant it) and turning things into gold…the alchemists dream that marketing agencies, selling us rubbish, seem to have got their heads round.

For the imagination and writer nothing is impossible…except a mind that says it is, whereupon the Hatters reply holds resonance. For me I am Alice…publishing seems the elusive impossibility…deep down I have a Hatter arguing the toss. Time will out as the saying goes…

Chesire Cat

“Imagination is the only weapon

in the war against reality”

I love the Cat. The words hold truth although, within the blogosphere, reality holds strange meaning. Realities converging through wires and wifi, in a virtual environment that breathes a community no less alive than a small local one in your neighbourhood. The difference being, no coffee shared with cake. However, local communities don’t touch all corners of the globe and that, my friends, is where imagination is indeed the weapon against reality. Obviously, that is a metaphorical ponderance, but consider where those you know here, come from; cultures diverse to our own, beliefs different to our own…and yet I am proud to know that all of us share one powerful thing….friendship and a will to get along…in a world of reality with politicos and news that is invariably down on everything and ever creating its own agendas…can you truly argue with the Cat?

White Rabbit

“The hurrier I go, the behinder I get.”

I am not even going to try and argue with the Rabbit…suffice to say…well, nothing…I can’t, apart from nod wisely and think deeply.

And that, my friends leads me to consider nonsense…and this leads me to a parting poem…one you may have heard rather than read. Heard in the film perhaps, by the Hatters rendition performed by the brilliant Jonny Depp. And if not then shame on you…the sequel is out now!!

‘Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

‘Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!’

He took his vorpal sword in hand:
Long time the manxome foe he sought —
So rested he by the Tumtum tree,
And stood a while in thought.

And, as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!

One two! One two! And through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.

‘And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
Oh frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!’
He chortled in his joy.

‘Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe

For those interested in the previous post in thus trilogy of quotations themed genius to insanity.

Finally, feel free to visit my own blog, where I am serializing a short story anthology on witchcraft and conspiracy…to coin the name of one of the extracts. Have a wonderful week and I look forward to reaching out with something completely different next time. Now I leave you with a final quote from the master of horror:

Stephen King

“The primary duty of literature is to tell the truth about ourselves by telling lies about people who never existed.”


Article Credits: G. Jefferies

Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor

(For Writing, Book, Journal Bloggers & More)
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  1. […] via Beware the Jabberwock, my son! (2 min read) — The Millionaire’s Digest […]

  2. inkbiotic 11 months ago

    This post is like magic – posted on December 8th, but with comments from August! Such bizarre sorcery.
    Anyway, the poem Jabberwock is excellent, shows what is possible when a writer abandons half the rules of language and hacks a new path with only rhythm and rhyme as his guide.

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      Gary 10 months ago

      Agreed, it is a quick of the owner that posts come and go in mystical cycles. Which reminds I should put up more here!
      Spot on though. That poem is one of my favourites because of the unique path of nonsense…obviously I am a fan of the author too!!

      • inkbiotic 10 months ago

        A unique path of nonsense! Exactly! 🙂

      • Author
        Gary 10 months ago

        I’d be impressed if I had a quarter capacity to write something like that!! 🙃

  3. Loren Killdeer 1 year ago

    I know nothing about poetry. But I have to say, The Jabberwock, in its original language, it’s my favorite poem!

    • Author
      Gary 1 year ago

      I don’t pretend to be a critic either, but there is something about Lewis Caroll that really ticks all the nonsense boxes in all the right ways (for me)!!!!!

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