Treasure Island

Margaret Alice Second

(24 January 1961 / South Africa)

Paying For Insolence [REVISED]


Paying For Insolence
The oats did not put me to sleep – sitting quietly makes
my head heavy but on preparing dinner made me grumpy
then paranoid – anger at first about nothing in particular
and then sounds drove me mad; I’m paying dearly for my

Insolence, oats is a source of calcium my system needs
yet eating it is tricky, I feel awful afterwards; maybe
only a little would not be so bad – now I remember why
I chose my beloved – because the silence he loves so much

Soothes my frayed nerves when under an allergic spell,
even if I chafe at the bit, it is still the best place
to be – home – where silence reigns, so I run outside
to sing, declaim to the universe

24 June 2013

[ORIGINAL: ]

Paying dearly for my insolence, the oats did not put me
to sleep – when sitting quietly it makes my head heavy
but while preparing dinner it simply makes me grumpy
then paranoid - first I got angry about nothing and then

Sounds drove me mad, oats is a source of calcium which
my system needs yet eating it is tricky, it makes me feel
awful; maybe eating only a little would not be so bad –
now I remember why I chose my beloved – because

The silence he loves so much soothes my frayed nerves
when under the spell of the allergy, even if I chafe at the
bit, it is still the best place to be – home - where silence
reigns so I run outside to sing & declaim to the universe

24 June 2013

Submitted: Monday, June 24, 2013
Edited: Tuesday, June 25, 2013
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