Margaret Alice Second

(24 January 1961 / South Africa)

Sitting In Paradise[REVISED]


Back from shops equipped with chocolates,
frozen water bottle as footrest, festooned
CPU with silver glitter on white scarves,
new green box to keep coffee and tea

Miniature snake and sea-horse, blue tray
white flowers and pearls on the black
cardboard boxes –sounds like a boudoir
-actually aiming for the look of a bazaar

(THIS sounds like Vogon poetry – Douglas
Adams would have a field day ripping it
apart) , sequined Alice band around the
delicate stem of computer screen

Pasted transparent plastic flower and
snowflake on CPU, purple below white
paper in front of me, brown and blue
cloths to wipe hands while eating

The best chocolate there is - at
last, I’m sitting in paradise…

30 August 2013

Submitted: Friday, August 30, 2013
Edited: Tuesday, September 03, 2013

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[ORIGINAL: ]

Back from the shop armed with chocolate bars,
keeping my feet cool by using my frozen water
bottle as a footstool, having festooned my CPU
with silver glitter on white scarves, admiring the
new green box in which I keep coffee and tea

The green miniature snake and sea-horse perched
on my printer, a blue tray closing the hole to the
next workstation, white flowers and pearls on the
black cardboard boxes which close me off from
the passage -this sounds like a boudoir- no matter

I’m really aiming for the look of a bazaar - THIS
sounds like Vogon poetry - Douglas Adams would
have a field day ripping this apart - a sequined Alice
band around the delicate stem of my computer screen,
also pasted a transparent plastic flower and snowflake

On my CPU, a purple cover below the white paper in
front of me, two cloths on my desk, brown and blue -
to wipe my hands as I eat the best chocolate there is,
now I’m sitting in paradise…

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