Treasure Island

Hazel Durham


Norma Jeane


Many coloured, dried leaves scatter easily in the westerly breeze,
As your fragile soul find's at last the light,
Of each day to seize,
Truth embraces the camera like a magnet capturing the audience,
Your one eternal romance,
All part of your dream that danced.
Eyes so innocent, sensual hiding your inner pain,
With empty years of feeling invisible,
In an indifferent society,
Always turning away from you,
Until you taught yourself to shine too,
With your fresh, unique look,
Then they took all of you!



You created such excitement, people relishing your mystery,
Spinning your special magic, which won you the attention of the world,
They clamoured for a piece of your sparkle,
You could outshine a galaxy of stars,
With the light of softness, humour, and sensitivity on fire,
But you always felt lost inside, fears filling your blue eyes with tears,
Tripping you up,
Norma Jeane your rise to fame was your fall,
With the memories of past rejections, low self-esteem and losing love,
As you tried to stand tall.





You faced your own brick wall,
Losing your footing far too soon.
After your shocking fall,
They called out your name 'Marilyn'
The icon you created couldn't win,
You still shimmer across the galaxy of stars,
Living in your white haven,
Without on your shoulder that dark raven,
You play now in God's garden every day,
In your own beautiful, loving way.

Submitted: Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Edited: Saturday, February 22, 2014

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A tribute to the captivating Marilyn Monroe!

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  • Patricia Grantham (4/8/2014 7:33:00 AM)

    An excellent tribute to the queen of the silver screen. It
    was very moving yet quite captivating. Your expressions
    really move me. She was a great star yet deep inside
    her shine did grow dim. A wonderful write! (Report) Reply

  • Ken E Hall (3/1/2014 2:53:00 PM)

    Beautiful tribute to the queen of sorrow... too many takers in her life so sad...regards (Report) Reply

  • Katelin Taylor (2/28/2014 11:48:00 AM)

    Such a lovely and honest tribute to an amazing woman. She was a young and beautiful woman who got taken in by the wrong people. (Report) Reply

  • Anthony Di''anno (2/26/2014 12:15:00 PM)

    A very well observed tribute to an icon who probably knew more than was good for her. Well written. (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh Rai (2/23/2014 12:48:00 PM)

    An eloquent write. i may compare her with Madhubala of indian cinema. both are beauty queen with full of tragedy. you have captured a beautiful picture of the great artist her dilemma and her delusion. such a tribute is unexepected. (Report) Reply

  • Barbara Nixon (2/23/2014 6:57:00 AM)

    Very touching poem about Marilyn, she was one of a kind and you have described every facet of her personna so eloquently and sensitively. Beautifully written, , Inspired write! (Report) Reply

  • Barbara Nixon (2/23/2014 6:57:00 AM)

    Very touching poem about Marilyn, she was one of a kind and you have described every facet of her personna so eloquently and sensitively. Beautifully written, , Inspired write! (Report) Reply

  • Dinesh Nair (2/22/2014 11:18:00 PM)

    Captivating Monroe indeed she was! She could have protected herself by choosing to remain on her foot like many other celebrity artists. The rise and the fall in the personal lives of these people are quite a matter of coincidence of things apparently unknown to us.
    Hazel, what is great is you have given a genuine and lovable portrait of the lady who may not have been there in the thoughts of many including me.. A fine write. (Report) Reply

  • Noreen Carden (2/22/2014 12:29:00 PM)

    Hazel this is a beautiful tribute to a human being who was sad and lost and only lived in the spotlight of fame.
    I hope she has found peace with God.Well done beautiful writing (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (2/22/2014 9:42:00 AM)

    Marilyn Monroe the bewitching beauty could weave such magic on others... but she always felt lost inside. Her tragic end still remains a mystery to the world! None knew that the one who stood so tall before others was languishing inside until the end... A powerful tribute! ! (Report) Reply

  • Lyn Paul (2/22/2014 8:25:00 AM)

    A truly beautiful write Hazel and we have nothing but beautiful memories of Norma Jeane. Another poem of yours to save. Again you capture life yet this time through death. Coincidental that I have just written The out pour of grief for those Famous.
    Thanks Hazel and maybe one day we will share a cuppa. And not tea! (Report) Reply

  • Ed Nigma (2/20/2014 4:47:00 PM)

    The sad and premature life of this icon that moved many. She was beautiful, smart and funny and carried a very a deep sadness which I don't think many could appreciate. A woman before her time. Very touching poem I enjoyed this one. Thanks for sharing. Allan Gerard (Report) Reply

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