Margaret Alice Second

Gold Star - 16,155 Points (24 January 1961 / South Africa)

Infinitely Different Ways - Poem by Margaret Alice Second

Reading the Apocrypha, speculating why Church
Fathers said young Jesus taught scribes while
rejecting the content of his lessons delineated
in the Arabic Gospel; did they realise only
vague mysteries would survive?

Enjoy reading how Maria cured ills with the water
of Jesus’ bath, how He explained Aleph-Beth to
ignorant teachers - the Bible Scribes knew they
could only get away by presenting not too
incredible incidents

Using subjective criteria to decide what would make
the flock subside before religious power; I also devise
my own criteria for choosing that which would make
my life a work of art, ignoring pedagogues’
restrictions because

Expectation and belief can create anything - I put
my trust in all things that increase freedom, beauty
and happiness, never force my dreams on anyone,
respecting the need for experiment and adventure,
all prefer painful experience

To verbal examples, it is our right to enjoy suffering
as much as we like, learning that dealing with
consequences is the price we pay for
freedom, having fun in infinitely
different ways


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Poem Submitted: Friday, December 9, 2011

Poem Edited: Saturday, December 10, 2011


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