Notes from “The Rabbit Hole”
Baskent University, Ankara, Turkey
Purpose – A satirical reﬂection on the role and perception of accountants.
Design/methodology/approach – Poetic exposition.
Originality/value – A unique critique of the accounting world.
Keywords Accountants, Accounting
“I can’t explain myself, I’m afraid, sir” said Alice,
“because I’m not myself, you see”.
“I don’t see,” said the Caterpillar.
“I’m afraid I can’t put it more
clearly,” Alice replied very
politely, “for I can’t
understand it myself to begin
with; and being so many
different sizes in a day is very
“It isn’t,” said the Caterpillar.
(from Alice in Wonderland)
“down the rabbit hole”
and drinking the “[ACCOUNT] ME BOTTLE”
they were accounting
like mother of pearls
I’ve heard them from
they were meditating
under the crystalline aura of
while breathing the
roots of oaks
“The Songs of Maldoror”
the perfect numbers
as “Les Fleurs du Mal”
at indigo nights climbing
through the imperial stairs
like thoughtful ﬂamingoes
to the lanterns
Accounting, Auditing &
Vol. 18 No. 2, 2005
q Emerald Group Publishing Limited