Marilyn Monroe’s Tale

Famous photo of Marilyn from The Seven Year Itch

Marilyn Monroe’s Tale

A woman caught between fact and acting

Too easily pulled into the portrait

Of celebrity lost at sea

She was charming

Blond ambition

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend

More to her than the eyes saw

Died too young to understand

How beauty runs only so far

Millions still adore her

A timeless beauty

Was she lost in it?

Movies don’t show who she was

Mournful girl painted her lips red

Had class but no substance?

Never given the chance to say

Told too late that president needed…

Who knows?

White dress and a grate with a draft

Images of innocence and free sexuality

Perhaps the winter came too soon

For the candle


By harsh wind

Her own eyes will hide mystery

Thousands of men want to know

She was there then gone

Marilyn Monroe

(c) 2012 Amanda Wilson


5 thoughts on “Marilyn Monroe’s Tale

    1. Thank you. This was one of those poems that flowed right out of me. It dates from about 10-12 years ago, and is in one of the manuscripts I sent you. She was a very fascinating woman, and the more I read her writing I found a lot that I could relate to. “Timeless” is a good word to describe her. 🙂

  1. 😉 i still haven’t opened your manuscripts… the last couple days have been crazy. i really want to have some calm and time to really soak in your poems. i’m looking forward to some quiet tomorrow as i hide from the intense heat that’s coming, i’ll make a coffee, roll a smoke, and dive in. i’m excited!!

    and yes, she really is timeless… i mean the fact that we still talk of her and analyze her and look up to her and try to learn from her life says that even in her tragedy all is not wasted. she left a big footprint for us all, perhaps her beauty is a mirror for which we can examine ourselves…

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