Margaret Alice Second

Gold Star - 16,071 Points (24 January 1961 / South Africa)

All-Knowing Author (Rev.) - Poem by Margaret Alice Second

In honour of my favourite author’s demise - Sir Terry
Pratchett having passed away, I read his 1976-book
“Dark Side of the Sun”; - difficult to understand, its a
science fiction genre parody yet meaning nothing to
me; I’m not ‘au fait’, being in high school at the time

& reading nothing outside my study field - unaware
of Pratchett’s existence & the rock-hard integrity of
Granny Weatherwax, the delight of a young Tiffany
Aching; his narrative imperative in Phantom-of-the-
Opera where Christine is anorexic & the Phantom’s

A fool choosing glamour over a girl with superb voice
who’d blow audiences away; he can teach Christine
to sing, but not a fat soprano to glitter in general tone
of modern vocal artistry: The impressive character is
Death’s Gothic grand-daughter Susan confronting

Auditors & Lady Time and explaining why chocolate
blows our brains, how music resonates with everyone
alive; imagine my feelings reading Pratchett when so
young - causing such headaches when called upon to
put books down, do my chores; Captain Carrot would

Have taken my heart - as much as Carrot Top in Love
of Seven Dolls by Paul Gallico - I love writers genius
filling my mind in dreams of their self-created worlds
where we escape being human to become part
of the ubiquitous and all-knowing author….


[ORIGINAL: ]

In honour of my favourite author’s demise - Sir
Terry Pratchett being no longer with us – I read
his 1976-book “Dark Side of the Sun” - difficult
to understand - a parody of the science fiction
genre, meaning nothing to me, I’m not ‘au fait’
having been in high school at that time

Reading nothing outside my study field, unaware
of Sir Terry Pratchett’s existence and the rock-hard
integrity of a Granny Weatherwax & the delight of
the young Tiffany Aching; his use of the narrative
imperative in Phantom-of-the-Opera in which the
Christine is anorexic & the Phantom’s a fool

Choosing glamour above the superb voice of a girl
who could blow audiences away, since he can teach
Christine to sing, but not a fat soprano to glitter in the
general tone of modern vocal artistry: For me the most
impressive character is Death and his Gothic grand-
daughter Susan confronting Auditors & Lady Time

And explaining why chocolate blows our brains and
how music resonates with everyone alive; imagine
how I would have felt on getting to read Pratchett
when I was young - causing such a headache when
called upon to put books down to do my chores;
Captain Carrot would have taken my heart -

As much as Carrot Top in Love of Seven Dolls by
Paul Gallico – I love the genius of these men who
fill my mind with dreams of their self-created worlds
where we escape being human to become part of
the ubiquitous and all-knowing author…

Topic(s) of this poem: feelings, fiction


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Poem Submitted: Saturday, March 21, 2015

Poem Edited: Tuesday, March 31, 2015


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