Margaret Alice Second

Gold Star - 16,244 Points (24 January 1961 / South Africa)

Simulated Death - (Revised) - Poem by Margaret Alice Second

Looking for good-feeling things in my text about
raising infrastructure and economic activity but
cannot find them - all the while composing songs
in my head, a spirit soaring above physical life
filled with wonderful thoughts making my heart
sing so gratefully

But forced back to dry lines of a factual text on
farming priorities where a dust storm blooms, it
obliterates edges of my desk, clouds darken
about the world, unfocussed eyes search for
equivalent terms that will enable dried-out
officials to understand this dire manuscript

Time stops, the world ceases revolving - I sigh,
only sleep claims me now, conferring joy real
life does not offer; I'm meant for another world
where creativeness, fantasy and laughter with
song and dance command - not simulated death
from a dry, strangulating text

Poet's Notes about The Poem

12 February 2013

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Poem Edited: Tuesday, February 12, 2013

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