Margaret Alice Second

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

The Floundering Ship

Poem by Margaret Alice Second

A great day sailing on the
floundering ship at the office,
Hanlie an elfish, mischievous
captain, June quietly at the helm,
Hermien swinging in the rigging
while I plotted a course through
the rapids of cascading words
spilling over my desk

Human Resources destabilised
the ship by throwing the compass
away yet we ploughed on, June
can't be deflected from steering
straight for the bay of organised
perfection while updating lists -
though Microsoft warns our
software is outlawed

Being illegal means we are a
pirate ship; now I understand why
everything is going awry, breaking
down, why tumultuous chaos follows
in our wake - and still the ship stays
afloat and we all have fun as we try
plying our trade and playing our
marvellous instruments

However lacking in melody, the
rhythm full of joie de vivre makes
up for every shortcoming…

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Poem Submitted: Friday, May 4, 2012