A poetic puzzle I wrote. The goal is for you to reflect on what it means. Perhaps the follow exchange will give you a little clue. Or, perhaps, it won’t, and it is just a red herring. But what is a red herring, really? If a false clue helps you narrow your judgment, then isn’t it still a clue?
One day Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree.
“Which road do I take?” she asked.
“Where do you want to go?” was his response.
“I don’t know,” Alice answered.
“Then,” said the cat, “it doesn’t matter.”
~Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
as the sea swallowed the sun
and the waves lapped softly
in pure contradistinction
to the earlier torrential storm
a first mate turned to his captain
their majestic ship sailing along
and asked but a single question
what say you, my dearest friend and leader,
are you able to see the shackles?