Bonnie Elizabeth Parker
Rowena Texas

Biography

Famous as Bonnie & Clyde

Bonnie wrote ten poems into a bank book (The First National Bank Of Burkburnett Texas) during her two month stay in the Kaufman County Jail in 1932. Some of these ten poems are her own compositions, while others are the poems of other poets. The ten poems in the order Bonnie chose to write them are:

1. Suicide Sal (Bonnie's Famous Alter Ego Poem)
2. The Prostitutes Convention (Bonnie's Poem)
3. The Fate Of Tiger Rose (Bonnie's Alter Ego Poem)
4. I'll Stay
5. Life's Trials
6. Bravery (Bonnie's Poem)
7. The Hobo's Last Ride (other poet)
8. The Girl With The Blue Velvet Band (other poet)
9. When! !
10. People Will Talk (other poet)

Taken together, this collection of poems which Bonnie selected and the order in which she selected them, give an insight into Bonnie's mind. Bonnie also wrote four other known poems:

1. The Street Girl (Bonnie's Autobiographical Poem)
Type written on one page and signed by Bonnie with both her signature 'Bonnie Parker' and her alias signature 'Bonnie Jean'

2. The Outlaws (Bonnie's Poem)

3. The Trail's End (Bonnie's Famous Autobiographical Poem of Bonnie & Clyde)
Hand written by Bonnie on pages of a green bound 1933 diary which were then torn out and given to her mother Emma Parker on their last meeting on 6th May 1934. There is another hand written copy of the poem on the pages inside this same diary along with a poem in reply written by Clyde.

4. The Prisoner (Bonnie's Last Poem)
Hand written by Bonnie in the same green bound 1933 diary as 3. The Trails End, above.

Bonnie scribbled a profuse amount of verse on scraps of paper while on the run with Clyde, to pass the time. Most of these scraps of paper she then crumpled up and threw away.

Bonnie entered immortality at 9: 15 am on 23 May 1934 riding side by side with Clyde.

All of the above poems are presented here, some with commentary.

Also presented is a poetic Eulogy to Bonnie.


Bonnie's Epitaph as it appears on her grave:

As The Flowers Are All Made Sweeter By
The Sunshine And The Dew, So This Old
World Is Made Brighter By The Lives
Of Folks Like You.
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