Margaret Alice

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

2010/08/19 Fantasy Lines - Poem by Margaret Alice

Also, einverstanden, alle zusammen: our dachshund
is called Bruno, I willingly give up Schumi for this, he
looks like an angel and slept in my lap, I read a book
Ottoline and the Yellow Cat by Chris Riddell which
framed life in fantasy lines of delight

Nici superciliously looks down her nose at my illustrated
tale about a little girl who never wears matching shoes,
plays in puddles and writes down riddles while solving
crimes, I also found Margaret Mahy’s Blood-and-
Thunder Adventure on Hurricane Peak

And The facts and fictions of Minna Pratt by Patricia Mac-
Lachlan, it made me feel secure until you brought a new
GPS home - which also reads ebooks saved in Wordpad
imagine listening to Hamlet’s Mill instead of Daan Retief’s
languid Staal Burger charm while driving

I’m quite overcome, a GPS scares me, a touch-screen is
a threat, now it can even play music and read us stories;
how to master new technology step by step, I’m terrified
and elated at the same time, to get through the daunting
Hamlet’s Mill in this way would be great

But it is late and I only translated three letters today, must
sink down to earth and start working again - listening to a
book being read should be easier than reading on-line -
I miss the intimacy of a book held in my palms…

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, August 19, 2010

Poem Edited: Sunday, May 15, 2011

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