Margaret Alice Second

Gold Star - 16,370 Points (24 January 1961 / South Africa)

Leitmotiv - Poem by Margaret Alice Second

A beauty that mesmerises, a description of a trip
a stream cascading melodiously with a wonderful
beat, so beautiful, it hurts - why does true beauty
inflict a feeling of hurt - at least for me?

Maybe because of my irrational desire to become
part of it and I cannot, especially of visual beauty
which used to drive me insane with desire to fuse
with the scene - since it is impossible

To become part of the landscape or objects like
flowers and seashells… this poem drives me to
distraction with a hurtful desire to become
a melody - a piece of music myself

To be a leitmotiv, a theme, notes in sequence
and harmony; you will think me mad when I try
to explain your melody galloping at such
a wonderful pace

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Poem Edited: Friday, February 3, 2012

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