Margaret Alice Second

Gold Star - 16,000 Points (24 January 1961 / South Africa)

I Know My Problems! (Revised) - Poem by Margaret Alice Second

They create TV series showing people under
emotional stress continuing their work - well,
according to books people do that, probably -
ideally - but I can't, I can't do a thing

Reality is unbearably powerful and big, my
alternative universe is small, unreachable, high
hopes I had of being able to deal with this day
evaporates under that heady realisation

No problem at home has been resolved, only
clearly labelled, painstakingly filed - for later
attention - meantime, I have work on my
desk - yet my mind refuses

To complete circuits required to bring about
logical thinking, looking up things and writing
down lines; but at least I know my problems
are psychological


Poet's Notes about The Poem

When my daughter feels overwhelmed by life and I cannot help her, life becomes unbearable...

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Poem Edited: Tuesday, May 15, 2012


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