AuthorsDen.com   Join (Free!) | Login  

     Popular! Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry
   Services MarketPlace (Free to post!)
Where Authors and Readers come together!

SIGNED BOOKS    AUTHORS    eBOOKS new!     BOOKS    STORIES    ARTICLES    POETRY    BLOGS    NEWS    EVENTS    VIDEOS    GOLD    SUCCESS    TESTIMONIALS

Featured Authors:  Burton Pines, iAllen Smith, iWilliam Lowenkamp, iBob Meade, iBrian Hill, iDavid Page, iCarol Fowler, i

  Home > Arts/Entertainment > Poetry
Popular: Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry     
Steve Joos

· Become a Fan
· Contact me
· Sponsor Me!
· Success story
· Books
· Poetry
· News
· Stories
· Blog
· Messages
· 105 Titles
· 432 Reviews
· Save to My Library
· Share with Friends!
·
Member Since: Before 2003

Steve Joos, click here to update your pages on AuthorsDen.


Popular Poetry (Arts/Entertainment)
  1.  Buddy, can you Spare a Dime
  2.  Tiny Dancer
  3.  The Old Hollow Tree
  4.  Musical Interlude



Goodbye, Frances Gumm
by Steve Joos

Thursday, May 04, 2006
Not rated by the Author.
Share   Print  Save   Become a Fan

Recent poems by Steve Joos
•  The day the Front Page wept
•  The foes
•  A hot day's walk
•  What the World needs now?
•  There is a Memory Lane
           >> View all 94

Sir Elton John wrote and recorded two versions of "Candle in the Wind", one for Marliyn Monroe and the other for Princess Diana. As I was working and watching (several times, I might add) the "American Masters" documentary on the life of Judy Garland, Sir Elton's song kept haunting my mind. I hope he and the rest of you will accept this with my humble apologies. The girl formerly known as Norma Jean Baker had a far different screen image than the girl once known as Frances Gumm, but both were tragic figures in their own ways when the lights went down.

Goodbye Frances Gumm,

even though I never knew

you had the grace

to hold yourself when those around you fell.

But we fell in love

with the scared young Kansas girl

who was blown away into the Land of Oz.


Like Norma Jean,

you lived your life

as a candle in the wind,

never knowing who to cling to

when the rain set in.

and I wished I could've hugged you,

but I was just a kid,

your candle burned out long before

your legend ever did.


The glitz just was too much,

Judy was the toughest role you played

The Dream Factory made a star

and charged a price of pain.


And on the day you died,

there were no lemon drops,

just a sad old woman who

seemed to have lost her way.


Goodbye Frances Gumm,

though I never knew you

you had the grace to hold yourself

when those around you fell.


Goodbye Frances Gumm

from a kid watching on Channel 31,

who saw you as Dorothy

in the Land of Oz.


Want to review or comment on this poem?
Click here to login!


Need a FREE Reader Membership?
Click here for your Membership!


Reviewed by m j hollingshead 5/11/2006
nicely done
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 5/5/2006
A fine tribute, Steve. The life of the "famous" is often very sad indeed. Love and peace to you,

Regis
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 5/5/2006
Have to agree with Ed here!!

Thanks for sharing!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 5/4/2006
Cool write, life in the limelight is rarely ever all that great...Ed
Authors alphabetically: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Featured Authors | New to AuthorsDen? | Add AuthorsDen to your Site
Share AD with your friends | Need Help? | About us


Problem with this page?   Report it to AuthorsDen
AuthorsDen, Inc. All rights reserved.