A Girl Named Norma Jeane

A Girl Named Norma Jeane

A Poem by Kelly Scheppers


A Girl Named Norma Jeane

                   “Death only claimed the breath of you…”

 

 

Her allure has never waned.

It is written within the revelations of poets,

categorized upon the bookshelves at Barnes & Noble.

Immortalized by “The Candle in the Wind”.

 

It languishes high in the hills of California,

in the summering youth of adolescent boys

and in gentleman

who still prefer blondes.

 

It is the antithesis of Norma Jeane,

a girl who became a Hollywood icon.

Who sipped champagne

with all the President’s men.

 

Who wore pearls with pencil skirts

and birthday suits.

 

…and only Chanel #5 to bed.

 

 

 

 


© 2017 Kelly Scheppers



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Like candle in the wind, I too wish I could have known her. She'll be forever immortalized as a young beautiful woman who stood out from the others. Not just for her looks, but her innocence.

Like this Kelly.

Posted 1 Month Ago


Kelly Scheppers

1 Month Ago

Very well said, Tim. Thank you!
The myth to the magic.
Who knows the answer to Norma Jean.
The answer to Marilyn Monroe.
Legend.

Posted 1 Month Ago


Kelly Scheppers

1 Month Ago

A true enigma. Many thanks, Paul! So glad you enjoyed it.
Saw her first as a boy and never realized her greatness until a mature man when I was dazed in wonder

Regards,

Al

Posted 1 Month Ago


Kelly Scheppers

1 Month Ago

I think she'd be thrilled to know that, Al!
Still an icon. I was watching her last film The Misfits the other day. It was something more than acting.
Well written.

Posted 1 Month Ago


Kelly Scheppers

1 Month Ago

Indeed, I believe it was one of her best. Thank you, Ken!
a goddess indeed and destined to be immortalised,and there is always an aura when one dies in her prime immortalised by time in her youth, as she and many others, be it man like elvis or other beautiful actresses may not have had the same appeal and or a lesser appeal if they had lived to their nineties and you see an idol old and aged. a nice write kelly.

Posted 2 Months Ago


Kelly Scheppers

1 Month Ago

We'll never know what happened that night. Never. I think that's the real tragedy! Thank you, And.. read more
Kelly, you have written of Marilyn Monroe in the past and each time you do, I am amazed at the adoration you have for her. You had to be a baby when she passed on yet you have elevated her to a pedestal...and it is so lovely! Always a pleasure. LydI**

Posted 2 Months Ago


Kelly Scheppers

2 Months Ago

So kind of you to say, Lydi. Please know I am most appreciative of your every word...thank you!
'.. the breath of you.. ' for me, the words.

However, that last line is very much the invisible phrase on a tomb stone...

For some reason i always think o Norma Jean as a frail creature, a wisp of a woman who became something she wasn't. Seen pics of her singing Happy Birthday to JFK, seen her with other men.. but the only one who made her eyes shine was Arthur Miller - the man of letters, a hunk of a man who perhaps saw that fragility. Have only read snippets and seen repeats on late TV.. but think of her as child.like.

Your poem it superb, as ever your work is, but for me, wraps her in the allure I've seen as a facade. Your writing is blistering whatever you write, you strike chords - must read again, consider, re.consider.. x

Posted 2 Months Ago


Kelly Scheppers

2 Months Ago

It's a joy for me to read your reviews, Em. I totally agree with what you said - there was such a f.. read more
emmajoy

2 Months Ago

I tell truth, love... your work touches places because what you write, you mean..
Riveting theme, syntax and lines.
I wonder if you were any close to her.
When personalities die, their fame still flows with the air!
Thank you for sharing :)

Posted 2 Months Ago


Kelly Scheppers

2 Months Ago

Thank you for such a compliment!
This is awesome. I have to admit, she's so written about & memorialized, I started out wondering what could be said anymore? But you managed to pluck out a few precious & recognizable details that come together as an understated tapestry of the icon she was & is. Good job editing down to the essentials. I love a well-manicured message.

Posted 2 Months Ago


Kelly Scheppers

2 Months Ago

So true! There's so much that's been written about her through the years that it's becoming increa.. read more
You light candles everyday with your verse. Some awesome comments from previous reviews, and I have to humbly echo their comments.

Posted 2 Months Ago


Kelly Scheppers

2 Months Ago

It always gives me a thrill to have your insight on whatever I do - thank you!

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Kelly Scheppers
Kelly Scheppers

San Diego, CA



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