Margaret Alice Second

Gold Star - 15,878 Points (24 January 1961 / South Africa)

Be A Calm Instrument (Revised) - Poem by Margaret Alice Second

A Calm Instrument (Revised version)

Wearing Tiaan's old white T-shirt in sympathy with
marches against rape today, looking like something
the cat dragged in, no means of escape - and two
pairs of sandals falling off my feet, wearing the only
pair in my size - both regrettably indiscrete

An old black sleeveless pullover kept in the office for
just such an emergency, maybe, but without proper
shoes I feel like running away - problem is I can barely
walk in what I have, much less work up to a fast pace,
my warm feeling of resignation is fast evaporating

Desperately try to stabilise it but every time I see my
black and white penguin outfit, feel sandals falling off
my feet rebellion grows stronger making it impossible
to continue a dreary routine - oh come now sweet
resignation, return unto me and set me free

From all contrariness so I can be a calm instrument
relaying French acronyms in political English!



Be A Calm Instrument (ORIGINAL) :

Two pairs of sandals, both falling off my feet,
took the only sandals in my number and both
indiscrete, wearing Tiaan's old white T-shirt in
sympathy with marches against rape today,
looking like something the cat dragged in, no
means of escape

Maybe the old black sleeveless pullover kept in
the office for just such an emergency, but without
proper shoes I feel like running away - trouble is
I can barely walk in what I have, much less work
up to a fast pace, my warm feeling of resignation
is fast evaporating

I desperately try to get it back, but every time I see
my black and white penguin outfit, feel the sandals
fall off my feet; a feeling of rebellion grows stronger
making it impossible to continue a dreary routine -
oh come, sweet resignation, please return unto me,
set me free

From all contrariness so I can be a calm instrument
relaying French acronyms in political English!


Comments about Be A Calm Instrument (Revised) by Margaret Alice Second

  • Gajanan Mishra (2/11/2013 3:50:00 AM)


    set me free. wonderful poem. I like it. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, February 11, 2013

Poem Edited: Tuesday, February 12, 2013


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