Margaret Alice Second

Gold Star - 16,178 Points (24 January 1961 / South Africa)

Going To Run Away (Revised) - Poem by Margaret Alice Second

I'm going to run away, even if I have to take myself alone,
I cannot stay and face the life I chose for me; this life is too
much and I cannot master it, the tasks are too difficult -
I did not master in dam-building, in either French or English;
the dam proved too much, a gigantic downfall -
if I were Lucifer, this is the point where I would be flung from
heaven because I cannot build a dam; and I never managed to
read the text in a way that made sense.

Going to run away, failed yet another subject seriously, this dam
-building is too much, I'm going to run away from the Poverty
Reduction Strategy Plan with cows, farms, roads and credits
driving me nuts, the endless tables, statistics in a continuous
stream, it makes me want to scream; I'm going to run away - I
chose this yoke myself, to become a bureaucrat, translating for
the client who said he needs the dam and Strategy Plan

And off I go again - French class became a threat, research is
what they want also, research on countries to create new tableaux -
I'll have to run away - the Great Escape - it's what I need, my
brain burnt out, I'm an error myself - I must run away…

Poet's Notes about The Poem

12 March 2013

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Poem Edited: Wednesday, March 13, 2013

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