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A Man Called Marion

Rating: 5.0

Poor old Marion Morrison,
He had a woman's name,
And yet Marion Morrison
Did rise up to great fame.

In Hollywood he was a star
And many movies made.
His fame has spread both near and far;
His mem'ry won't soon fade.

He often had a cowboy role
Or soldier or big boss.
More oft than not his fav'rite spot
Was riding on his hoss.

Oh, let me tell you just in case
I'm driving you insane:
Marion Michael Morrison:
You knew him as John Wayne.

A Man Called Marion
Sunday, March 29, 2015
Fame Poems: 205 / 500
Topic(s) of this poem: people
Wikipedia says he was born Marion Robert Morrison, but his middle name was changed to Mitchell when his father decided to name his second son Robert.
Other sources say he was Marion Michael Morrison. That is the name I had always heard in earlier years, so that is the one I used here.

written 26 Feb 2015
Recife, Brazil

On 17 August 2016 this poem was selected as Member Poem of the Day.
Thank You, Poem Hunter!

I am lover of Wayne and his movies. Didn't know his original name was Marion Michael Morrison. Good poem, Sir, and you go with a 10.

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Kim Barney 12 June 2016

Thank you, Madathil. I'm always glad to be a disseminator of knowledge. It comes from my 40 years of being a teacher.

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Grace Jessen 11 June 2016

I like this poem and I liked John Wayne. I think Marion when spelled with an o is a man's name (such as Marion D. Hanks and others) and is a woman's name when spelled with an a as in Maid Marrian.

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Kim Barney 12 June 2016

You are right, of course. However, most people see the name 'Marion' and think it is a woman's name. Even more often it happens when the name is heard instead of seen, and so the spelling is not even visible. Funny that you should mention Marion D. Hanks. He happens to be the person who performed my wedding ceremony!

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Mj Lemon 17 August 2016

Congratulations on a Poem of the Day. This is a gem. I'll always remember Marion as Genghis Khan.

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Evelyn Judy Buehler 21 December 2020

I actually knew that John Wayne's given name was Marion. An excellent poem, with great rhyming.

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Bri Edwards 28 April 2017

at least his parents didn't name him Sue!

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Bri Edwards 29 October 2016

when i think of big Hoss.. i think of the Ponderosa, when i think of big boss i think, ....i think, .... i think... i have no rhyme but Sammy Sosa!

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Fabrizio Frosini 25 August 2016

:) I didn't know John Wayne's real name was Marion Michael (or Robert) Morrison.. and - although I'm late - congrats for having it selected as member poem of the day!

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A. Madhavan 17 August 2016

Thanks to poems like this, I learn trivia about people like John Wayne, not in vain, I hope. My ID is a gender-free number of ten digits.

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