Margaret Alice Second

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

Joyful Existence [r] - Poem by Margaret Alice Second

Learning's exalted in youth, but growing older the
charm of knowledge fades - wisdom & insight into
the invisible organisation behind ordinary life - the
mechanisms creating life's scenery, is discovered;
following the stories about these is very confusing

Applying everything's impossible, we need criteria
to evaluate - usefulness determines ideals which
bring beauty and magic into life, everybody seeks
happiness as we follow dreams: Mom berated sis
for doing menial work - instead of accomplishing

Great things: it's th' source of my existential angst
where routine is a waste of time, learning through
translation isn't good enough as every single day
MUST bring something life-changing & beautiful
YET today I choose to be content in my life on

The African Continent where lying in the sun as a
dedicated crocodile is the very essence of being,
the sensation of sun on skin seen as the epitome
of joyful existence versus non-existence….

[Shortened version of "Happy Being"]

Topic(s) of this poem: existentialism, ideals

Poet's Notes about The Poem

After the editor worked on my poem 'Happy Being', I
revisited and shortened it to refine the focus from
'feeling useless' to 'mere existence as source of

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 11, 2016

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