Margaret Alice

Rookie - 3 Points (The Crystal Age / Pretoria - South Africa)

2010/07/21 Shivering

Poem by Margaret Alice

Feeling alone and bereft with only James Redfield
and Frances Hodgson Burnett for company, I turned
to Goscinny and Uderzo for light relief, what a joy,
Asterix and Obelix on their adventures

Yet I felt aloof until one of Uderzo’s masterpieces
awakened the old deep-seated sense of wonder with
his depiction of a Greek slave posing as the ‘Discus
Thrower’ until he is attacked by Asterix

In the next picture he joins the rest of humanity as a
shivering, inelegant, shocked human being, toes and
fingers splayed, face contorted, neck and body deformed,
hair standing on end

We read Asterix as children and the same sense of fun
lightened my heart, time rolled back and I laughed till tears
streamed down my face, how hilarious when classical grace
is replaced by existential emotions like shock and fear

I hold these Asterix books very dear, a saviour whenever life
becomes overwhelming, a tonic, a total delight!


“Les Lauriers de César – Une Aventure d’Asterix le Gaulois”
Text de Goscinny, Dessins de Uderzo, Dargaud Editeur 1972
Pictures on p 16


Comments about 2010/07/21 Shivering by Margaret Alice

  • Robert (3/13/2019 3:42:00 PM)

    The poor guy was hit so hard that his toes spread apart and wiggled in spasms(Report)Reply

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  • Ovi OdieteOvi Odiete (9/29/2015 6:21:00 AM)

    this is really heart rendi9ng and painful...
    Nice poetry.(Report)Reply

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  • Maya Gonzales (1/29/2012 11:48:00 AM)

    Gorgeous... I love your description of the Greek discus thrower/slave being completely destroyed... I wish I could see that picture!(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Poem Edited: Tuesday, October 19, 2010