Garden of Wildflowers

November 18, 20171 min read

Alice in Wonderland has always been one of my favorite stories. My favorite quote is when the rose Alice meets says, “Do you suppose she’s a wildflower?” when discussing Alice and why she seems so different. I often find myself feeling like Alice, and I’m sure others do as well. So I wrote this poem to discuss it.

There once was this girl

with a strong mind

but a soft heart

She felt everything far too deeply

She felt like no one understood her

Even though everybody could.

She wore her heart on her sleeve

and her thoughts on her skin.

She hid from the world.

In her garden of wildflowers.


With flowers in her hair,

and petals in her hands.

She built a kingdom out of wild roses

and violets

and dandelions.

They smelled of every emotion she had ever felt.




She always wondered why

She felt at home among those flowers,

Until one day she realized

That she was one of them.

She saw herself in the petals of a rose,

soft but surrounded by thorns.

She saw herself in the dandelions,

Bright and beautiful for a while

but destined to blow away.

She asked herself,

“Do you suppose that you’re a wildflower?”

And the wind blew.

And the sun beamed.

And in the end, she knew the answer.

“Yes. Yes I am.”

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Deanna Whitlow

An internet enthusiast and book hoarder, Deanna is a passionate intersectional feminist who's always either writing or watching a movie. You'll find her with a cup of tea in one hand and a book in the other.