Margaret Alice Second

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

Shallow Breakers - Poem by Margaret Alice Second

Being strong, facing and solving my problems at work,
learning to face the boredom of nothing ever happening
by wearing a hat - and long black wrap over my T-shirt
as well as scarves glittering in silver and white - plus

Purple glasses and a wide smile; now to start facing the
problem of how to wear a swimsuit at the seaside - old
suit will do, though much too flimsy for the protection
required - find another black top to cover the old one

Will solve this problem just fine - wearing my purple
mask while thinking about the problem of swimming
without being too self-conscious to play in the waves
leads to the conclusion wearing clothing in layers

Is the solution to every pitfall in appearance, with two
scarves over a grey T-shirt I survived today, preparing
for the seaside - where kids always deride my delight
in playing in the waves – claiming not even babies

Play in those shallow breakers where I tumble head
over heels in the bubbling surf; with double layers I
shall be impervious to embarrassment while rolling
in the champagne of shallow breakers…

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1 November 2013

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Poem Submitted: Friday, November 1, 2013

Poem Edited: Saturday, November 2, 2013

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