Margaret Alice Second

Gold Star - 16,611 Points (24 January 1961 / South Africa)

Cave Of Ignorance - Poem by Margaret Alice Second

Mister S Pirie is quite eerie in his eyrie in the sky
attracted by Eastern Yin and Yang principles he
cannot see the forest for the trees, since literary
ideas like similes such as "tuning mental knobs
to listen to the preferred mental station" means
nothing to his literal brain, he believes we only

Make cars without dreaming & using feelings by
choosing thoughts that enable us to face life, he
thinks we are at the mercy of impersonal forces,
living in the ensuing chaos when we observe the
world indiscriminately without interpreting: for
him, building cars is all there is, therefore

There's no need for feeling, emotion, dreaming
and planning things - Pirie perfectly values his
ignorance, refusing to consider the comparison
between tuning a radio to receive FM Classic
instead of Radio Ga-Ga; to him the line The
Specific Frequency I Want; means nothing

The terms Right & Wrong leave him behind
in a relative world of individual realities, his
bumbling: right frequency, vibration or some
such: reveals his inability to study what is
meant by these terms used in an extended
metaphor, he analyses: Anything we want

attracted into our lives" without realising it's
a literary device for controlling our feelings by
ignoring potholes in the metaphorical road of
life, he thinks it means magical things without
material history, never bothering to study The
Theory of Mind Frequency to understand

It's a comparison to explain how controlling the
mind can energise & empower us by directing
feelings from despair to the brightness of the
sun; a sentence he can never understand, he
arrogantly attacks this - making it his business
to be the blind Pharisee leading his Blind Flock

Deeper into the Cave of Total Ignorance…

Topic(s) of this poem: feelings, philosophy

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Poem Edited: Wednesday, January 27, 2016

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