Margaret Alice Second

Gold Star - 16,000 Points (24 January 1961 / South Africa)

War Zone - Poem by Margaret Alice Second

Kitchen turned into a war zone, books from
library making up for lack of colours removed
at your request, two wooden boards to lift
my books high for easy reading

‘Mind, Magic & Mysteries’, ‘Strange Stories and
Amazing Facts’, ‘True Stories of a Private Eye’
by Tillman and Hunter; Cecil Murphey’s ‘Aging
is Attitude’ – such fun finding these

I shall read them one by one, already doing fine;
discovering ‘in retrospect we turn trauma into the
best of times, our worst experiences are decisive
moments for change of direction’

Already - in my life - this is the best of times…


1. ‘The encyclopedia of Mind, Magic & Mysteries’
by Francis X. King

2. ‘The Reader’s Digest Book of Strange Stories and
Amazing Facts’, Reprinted July 1977

3. ‘The Man with the Turquoise Eye - True Stories of
a Private Eye’ – Norma Mott Tillman with David Hunter
Rutledge Hill Press; 1995


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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Poem Edited: Friday, February 3, 2012


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