Margaret Alice Second

(24 January 1961 / South Africa)

Shallow Breakers


Being strong, facing and solving my problems at work,
learning to face the boredom of nothing ever happening
by wearing a hat - and long black wrap over my T-shirt
as well as scarves glittering in silver and white - plus

Purple glasses and a wide smile; now to start facing the
problem of how to wear a swimsuit at the seaside - old
suit will do, though much too flimsy for the protection
required - find another black top to cover the old one

Will solve this problem just fine - wearing my purple
mask while thinking about the problem of swimming
without being too self-conscious to play in the waves
leads to the conclusion wearing clothing in layers

Is the solution to every pitfall in appearance, with two
scarves over a grey T-shirt I survived today, preparing
for the seaside - where kids always deride my delight
in playing in the waves – claiming not even babies

Play in those shallow breakers where I tumble head
over heels in the bubbling surf; with double layers I
shall be impervious to embarrassment while rolling
in the champagne of shallow breakers…

Submitted: Friday, November 01, 2013
Edited: Saturday, November 02, 2013
Listen to this poem:

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Poet's Notes about The Poem

1 November 2013

Comments about this poem (Shallow Breakers by Margaret Alice Second )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Top Poems

  1. Phenomenal Woman
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  5. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  6. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  7. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  8. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
    Maya Angelou
  9. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  10. Invictus
    William Ernest Henley

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. O Man, Where Will You Go With Your Funda.., Bijay Kant Dubey
  2. Gently Stirs The Breeze, Rondeau, Captain Cur
  3. She, Maya Hanson (mye3 poet)
  4. Back To The Beginning, Maya Hanson (mye3 poet)
  5. Honour Killing, What Will You Get Killin.., Bijay Kant Dubey
  6. The bark, Gangadharan nair Pulingat..
  7. This Is India, Here A Village Fool Can A.., Bijay Kant Dubey
  8. All The Time The Talk About Fanaticism &.., Bijay Kant Dubey
  9. Helpless, Robert Melliard
  10. नोँ सोर गोसो, Ronjoy Brahma

Poem of the Day

poet Edmund Spenser

Of this worlds theatre in which we stay,
My love like the spectator ydly sits
Beholding me that all the pageants play,
Disguysing diversly my troubled wits.
...... Read complete »

   
[Hata Bildir]