Margaret Alice Second

Gold Star - 16,370 Points (24 January 1961 / South Africa)

A Dreaming Crocodile (Rev) - Poem by Margaret Alice Second

My chocolatey desiring led to my obtaining
chocolate deluxe - a powdered delight that
I can’t stop eating - adding to my confusion;
last night I danced about in a damp sheet
covering me from top to toe to keep cool
in the heat, couldn’t sleep, but slumbered

finally; lurched into the open-plan office
this morning quite bewildered, studying
my legal stats text without comprehension,
received a call from my Duchess imperiously
commanding me muster my troops - and
send her details of our tickets and arrival

Little does she know of the battle with Scorpio
which this visit necessitates; then dentist calling,
pre-approval for extracting wisdom teeth, my kids
to be relieved of theirs - there’s no fun in it; why
was this a heavenly weekend - feeling content
soaking in the pool and lying in the sun, contact

With the four forces of elemental nature - earth,
water, wind (air) and sun, exquisite sensation of
sun and wind on my skin, diving into pool-cool
water like velvet and satin - and today naturally
gluten-free chocolate deluxe takes me in - so
I dream of vats of melted chocolate with

Brandy centres; goodness, the stuff is addictive
and with my heroine Dianthus attending a ball,
regarding all through her wise grandfather’s
eyes & thus not open to vain flattery & empty
compliments, following the dialogue between
my protagonist and the other characters who

Are rejected on sight if she doesn’t like them;
I find it very difficult to remain tethered to the
earth, Mme La Pompadour seems to have the
same problem - and she simply stayed home,
the best place for a dreaming crocodile like me…

Topic(s) of this poem: fantasy, feelings

Comments about A Dreaming Crocodile (Rev) by Margaret Alice Second

  • Brian Mayo (11/2/2015 8:43:00 AM)

    I love the generic-sounding name- -chocolate deluxe- -reminds me of Turkish Delight... (C.S. Lewis, I think) .
    Your poem has lots of wonderful details giving us a peek into the salient points of your day and the important ones in your life. After many readings I have decided that some of the characters mentioned in this are your dentist, your daughter, your mother and maybe your son. Or else you might just be reading a good book, poolside.
    This poem is wonderfully-written and fun to hash-out. I imagined the crocodile as a balloon at the end, and watched you drift away into a cloudless, blue sky.
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Poem Submitted: Monday, November 2, 2015

Poem Edited: Tuesday, November 3, 2015

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