Margaret Alice Second

Gold Star - 16,533 Points (24 January 1961 / South Africa)

Cope With It - Poem by Margaret Alice Second

Some ideas are beautiful
like lions being noble kings
but seeing the lion feed with
bloodied mouth and flies a-
round his head, is horrible

The idea of nature being in
synch, an animal only taking
what it needs to eat - sounds
perfect - but seeing a buffalo
mom abandoning her calf

To stay safe with the herd is
heartbreaking - idea is good
but execution terrible, some
things are charming only in
theory, symbol, allegory

The real life situation of blood
death and dust, does not in-
spire - spirituals claim holy
circle of life, all things strive
towards being and light

But the 3-dimensional sensory
world in which every living thing
provides sensory experience
that shocks and hurt - how
can we learn

To cope with it?

TV channel 261 - Nat Geo
Wild - Lion Battle Zone

Poet's Notes about The Poem

While I was watching the program on TV channel 261 Nast Geo Wild, Lion Battle Zone, I wrote this, realising how I hate blood and gory stuff.

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Poem Submitted: Monday, April 16, 2012

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