Margaret Alice Second

Gold Star - 17,355 Points (24 January 1961 / South Africa)

Terrible Secret [r] - Poem by Margaret Alice Second

I had forgotten - I was Dr Jekyll - with a dark
and terrible secret: Mr Hyde lurks within me,
ready to pounce when I least expect, & when
he gets out with his Dionysian joy in creating
new and unheard-of things, changing worlds
into dreams, he writes creative texts that can
not be accepted in technical & legal contexts

Dr Jekyll's absolutely shattered when dealing
with the mess left - the headache - heartache
so unbearable, the humiliation of showing the
world my dark side: routine boredom leads to
tragic creativity injuring Jekyll's reputation as
a responsible member of society once again,
accusations threatening early assassination

Unable to account for the bold lines & strong
text changes, my Dr Jekyll can just helplessly
explain the black hole in his brain, wishing his
alternate selves were better behaved - kinder
& conventional, not creating problems for the
unsuspecting members of the long-suffering
language-practitioner fraternity…

Topic(s) of this poem: sadness


Poet's Notes about The Poem

I have many alternate selves - you already know about
Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde - the black hole in my brain and
mind, Mr Hyde always creates fabulous translations by
summarising the source text and making it better and
when my colleagues hand back my work with every line
changed, I realise Mr Hyde did the work and Dr Jekyll
will take the punishment. Poor Dr Jekyll spent the day
suffering, realising the terrible mess in my work station
should have alerted him to the presence of Mr Hyde -
but too late - in any case - this is Dr Jekyll's offering
explaining his injured feelings & contrite misgivings.

Comments about Terrible Secret [r] by Margaret Alice Second

  • Barry Middleton (2/6/2016 10:38:00 AM)

    Dr. Jekyll seems like a nice guy. Very thought provoking. Dr Jekyll has a creative side - after all he created Mr. Hyde. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, February 6, 2016

Poem Edited: Saturday, February 6, 2016


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