Margaret Alice Second

Gold Star - 16,022 Points (24 January 1961 / South Africa)

This Wonderful Ballet [rev] - Poem by Margaret Alice Second

My ears are carrying Tchaikovsky - dancing as the Fairy
Dewdrop to Nutcracker suite, twirling down the passage
in the office open-plan, inspired by conversing with Azui,
I explain we need have a self-assessment’s theme song -
we should all sit in rows in my government show; with red
clouds rising behind every head - done with special effects

While all are writing with a background of lonely Siberian
taiga rising behind us, & singing Yesterday by the Beatles -
Yesterday all my troubles seemed so far away, now it looks
as though they're here to stay, Oh, I believe in yesterday -
now there’s a shadow hanging over me, self-assessment
looms so painfully - oh I believe in yesterday - then a

Foreign voice singing off-stage - Domani, let’s forget
about tomorrow ‘cause tomorrow never comes; with
loud sounds of this singer being strangled; then all the
officials sitting in front sing the Beatles’ It’s gonna be
a hard assessment day, I should’ve been working like
a dog, but when I’m in the office, joy starts to call,

And it makes me feel all-right – we stand up en masse
and sing Bon Jovi’s I ain’t gonna live forever, I just want
to live while I’m alive - policemen run in spraying us with
teargas, to the background music of Just another brick
in the wall - we take up our places in our work stations
against a laser-light show of icicles and falling snow-

flakes and the Song of the Volga Boatmen hummed by
us: then a group of cleaners enter to the music of the
Nutcracker Suite overlaid as the Volga Boatmen song
fades, the cleaners are revealed to be fairies doing
this wonderful ballet….

Topic(s) of this poem: fantasy


Comments about This Wonderful Ballet [rev] by Margaret Alice Second

  • Rajnish Manga (10/23/2015 4:01:00 AM)


    The poet has written the poem with so much involvement that it virtually carries the reader through the 'Tchaikovsky in my ears, dancing as the fairy / Dewdrop to the tune of the Nutcracker suite, The preparations of ballet in an office setting are lovable too. Thanks. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, October 23, 2015

Poem Edited: Saturday, October 31, 2015


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