Margaret Alice Second

Gold Star - 15,979 Points (24 January 1961 / South Africa)

An Ennobling Feeling (Revised) - Poem by Margaret Alice Second

If we do ‘whatever’ in a positive frame of mind it
becomes enjoyable – I understand that routine,
doing literally anything can be joy in itself but
I don’t want it to be the purpose of my life

I want a goal so high, so worthy it will be a joy in
itself to sacrifice time and energy for the chase –
but if we fail to find one of this majesty, then
disappointment can make us cynical

We do not have to achieve a higher ideal for it to
ennoble & influence our lives; wisdom is required
to formulate such an imposing idyll – usually we
subscribe to dreams created or vested in

Religions, philosophies, creeds, maxims and even
commercial slogans – and then the real challenge
is to create our own and follow it with the joy of
knowing that it is of and by our own choice

If we’re wise and know how much to sacrifice and
not cause harm to anyone or anything – we shall
be deemed privileged – it gives zest to life, spices
our activities, becomes a guide that never tires

Regardless of our material state; how I envy Don
Quixote, inspired poets, composers, inspiration
they felt, an ennobling feeling seems to me far
more worthy than fickle fortune or popularity

23 April 2013

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Poem Edited: Wednesday, April 24, 2013

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