Saturday, December 19, 2009



Lewis Carroll

(from Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, 1872)

`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 awhile 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, has thou slain the Jabberwock?

  Come to my arms, my beamish boy!

O 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.

OK, my favorite part? "O frabjous day! Calloh! Callay!" Because, really? I use the term "frabjous day". Laugh if you want, but sometimes, in the end, it's the words that aren't real words that end up making the most sense!
I remember my mom reciting this poem to me when I was a little kid. (Not reading it, reciting it from memory.) The poem painted a picture in my head that is still there, unfaded through time, and if I had an ounce of drawing talent I'd try to render the image that I see. But I don't, so the picture will stay where it is. Recently, she shared "Jabberwocky" with The Kids, and it captured Declan's imagination as well. I wonder what picture he  sees?

I do know, however, that when Deco comes out of his room in the morning? He's definitely  galumphing!


Lisa @ Boondock Ramblings said...

I love that you say "frabjous day!" I didn't have the poem read to me, but I think we read it in school at one point. I love that Deco is "galumphing!"

Heather the Mama Duk said...

That is one of the strangest, yet most fun, poems ever.

Flea said...

I adore this. Alice is one my favorite books. Wonderful!

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Heather the Mama Duk said...

I've given you two awards!