Margaret Alice Second

Gold Star - 15,878 Points (24 January 1961 / South Africa)

Transfixed - Poem by Margaret Alice Second

A Dior-clad skeleton, lipstick perfect,
brilliant specimen advertising disaster
relief while illustrating famine effects

A self-centred fashion icon starving to
death in an attempt to stay fatally slim
dying in two or three weeks at least

Keeping to a masochistic regime, she
shall be dead soon; I stare transfixed
such a fate could never befall me

I top up all ‘faux pas’ in food intolerance
management diet by adding more food-
stuffs to keep liver and kidneys busy

Leaving insufficient time to process the
allergens, lessening physical and
emotional distress


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Poem Submitted: Friday, December 9, 2011

Poem Edited: Saturday, December 10, 2011


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