A Girl Named Norma Jeane | WritersCafe.org | The Online Writing Community
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



My Review

Would you like to review this Poem?
Login | Register




Reviews

'.. 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 1 Year Ago


Kelly Scheppers

1 Year 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

1 Year 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 1 Year Ago


Kelly Scheppers

1 Year 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 1 Year Ago


Kelly Scheppers

1 Year 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 1 Year Ago


Kelly Scheppers

1 Year Ago

It always gives me a thrill to have your insight on whatever I do - thank you!
last week i set my DVR to record all her movies that cam up ;) i am familiar with your respect for her and this tribute and remembrance touches me ..her story such a tragedy .. she was everything she wanted yet had no idea she was ;((( especially like your third line ..it keeps it so real ..
E.

Posted 1 Year Ago


Kelly Scheppers

1 Year Ago

I did the same thing! One of these days I plan on buying a box set of her videos from TCM. Even th.. read more
Einstein Noodle

1 Year Ago

your the best Legs!
Always loved her
I wrote a poem of her years ago
On paper lying somewhere
Loved yours

Posted 1 Year Ago


Kelly Scheppers

1 Year Ago

...thank you, Julie...so glad you enjoyed it!
Another chewed up by the Fame monster. It's sad that her memory is glorified as if a poster girl to bring more into the machine "Fame Needs YOU!" but her true tale is far from glorious as you allude here in poignant dignified poetry Kel.


Posted 1 Year Ago


Kelly Scheppers

1 Year Ago

I am able to visit her crypt at the cemetery in LA pretty frequently, and it's always like seeing it.. read more
Strange how we can idolise and immortalise someone in the public eye so easily. Be it a film (movie) star, footballer or singer. Nice tribute capturing the essence of the story in an eloquent verse. 'Candle in the Wind' also connects another Iconic woman-Princess Diana.

Posted 1 Year Ago


Kelly Scheppers

1 Year Ago

Yes, Diana was so loved here in the states, as well as the world. To lose her at such a young age i.. read more
what a great ending...reminds me of that line in Candle in the Wind..."all they had to say was that Marilyn was found in the nude"
but yes, as well as we thought we knew this icon...as Elton sang...."goodbye norma jean, i guess i never knew you at all"
i love this poem...and there was such an allure and mystique about her...just the other night i was watching "the river of no return" she starred with Robert Mitchum and Rory Calhoun in that ..
thank you for this poem, Kelly

j.

Posted 1 Year Ago


Kelly Scheppers

1 Year Ago

I've seen practically all her movies, including the one you mentioned with Robert Mitchum. It was o.. read more
jacob erin-cilberto

1 Year Ago

he did...and amazingly never won an oscar....
yes, that movie was on the other night...and i .. read more
Kelly Scheppers

1 Year Ago

I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall THAT night. But like a spider in its web, the tru.. read more
She create myth and tale that can't be forgetting. Her beauty tempted great men and made the public. Love her beauty and her smile. Your kind words brought back to life. A legend of my time. Thank you dear Kelly for sharing the amazing poetry and thoughts.
Coyote

Posted 1 Year Ago


Kelly Scheppers

1 Year Ago

You are always so kind, John...thank you so much!
Coyote Poetry

1 Year Ago

You are welcome dear Kelly.

2
next Next Page
last Last Page
Request Read Request
Add to Library My Library
Subscribe Subscribe


Stats

940 Views
20 Reviews
Added on August 5, 2017
Last Updated on August 5, 2017
Tags: Marilyn Monroe

Author

Kelly Scheppers
Kelly Scheppers

San Diego, CA



About
I was never a pearl kind of girl... always wore jeans with holes in the knees. more..

Writing