Scathing Political Satire

Jabberwocky is a Pre-Existing Condition (Apologies to Lewis Carroll and the American People)

By Katherine Sanger

Lewis Carroll
Went through the slithy toves,
and gimbled
in the wabe,
be-wared the Jubjub bird
and the Bandersnatch.
He tried to unsheath
the vorpal sword
but was snared by paperwork

“The Jabberwocky”
they told him
“is a pre-existing
You cannot slay
it using this insurance.
Please fill out
the appropriate forms
to process your request
for care.”

Lewis Carroll
Rested by the Tumtum tree
In the middle
of the tulgey wood
standing uffish
watching the flaming eyes
of the Jabberwocky
listening to the whiffling
and burbling
and wishing
he was still a beamish boy





Katherine Sanger was a Jersey Girl before getting smart and moving to Texas. She’s been published in various e-zines and print, including Baen’s Universe, Black Chaos, and RevolutionSF, and is a member of HWA and SFWA. Her poetry has won numerous awards, including First Place in Byline’s “Autumn Poem” contest, First Place in “Lucky Thirteen” contest sponsored by Sol Magazine, and Honorable Mention in: The Houston Chapter Award. She recently completed her MFA in Creative Writing with the University of Tampa.



To read Lewis Carroll’s original “Jabberwocky” poem, click here.

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