Kim Barney

A Man Called Marion - Poem by Kim Barney

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.

Topic(s) of this poem: people

Poet's Notes about The Poem

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

Comments about A Man Called Marion by Kim Barney

  • Bri Edwards (4/28/2017 7:34:00 PM)

    at least his parents didn't name him Sue! (Report) Reply

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  • Bri Edwards (10/29/2016 2:26:00 PM)

    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 (8/25/2016 12:03:00 PM)

    :) 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! (Report) Reply

  • (8/17/2016 9:55:00 PM)

    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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  • Elisabeth Wingle (8/17/2016 9:36:00 PM)

    Congrats on Member poet of the Day, I'm very happy for you
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  • Jayatissa K. Liyanage (8/17/2016 8:47:00 PM)

    A unique as well as rather uncommon theme to find in poetry. Still, interesting and valuable one. Thank you for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • (8/17/2016 7:10:00 PM)

    My favorite movie of his was The Quiet Man..with Maureen O'Hara..always loved The Duke....thank you for your tribute poem to him.. a ten.. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (8/17/2016 12:01:00 PM)

    Both near and far! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Barry Middleton (8/17/2016 11:57:00 AM)

    I knew the answer but I would never tell. (Report) Reply

  • Bernard Snyder (8/17/2016 9:25:00 AM)

    Great poem. I bet I'm not the only one that didn't know this. Thanks for sharing and congrats! (Report) Reply

  • Francis Lynch (8/17/2016 6:38:00 AM)

    I've always known this about the Duke, since my name is Francis Marian (yes, an a and not an o) , Marian being my middle name. I was born in the first Marian year declared by the Pope, and the rest is history. My daughter was born in the second Marian year, and thus, her middle name is Marian.
    Nice poem.
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  • Darwin Henry Beuning (8/17/2016 6:33:00 AM)

    Kim, Congrats, It does bring back many memories and I enjoy watching his movies to this day.! ! (Report) Reply

  • Jasbir Chatterjee (8/17/2016 6:30:00 AM)

    Thanks for sharing this lovely, informative poem...Congrats on being poet of the day! (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga (8/17/2016 5:57:00 AM)

    Keeping aside the controversy around the name Marion, this is an excellent poem and a wonderful tribute to a legendary actor. Thanks a lot. (Report) Reply

    Kim Barney Kim Barney (8/17/2016 10:35:00 PM)

    Thanks a lot. I appreciate it.

  • (8/17/2016 5:24:00 AM)

    Heartiest Congrats for inking an outstanding portrait of Marion and on it's selection as Poem of the Day. (Report) Reply

    Kim Barney Kim Barney (8/17/2016 10:33:00 PM)

    Thank you, Ratnakar. Your comment is appreciated.

  • (8/17/2016 3:04:00 AM)

    You know, Kim, I always think of that Johnny Cash song A man called Sue when I think of John Wayne. From his beginnings in Stagecoach John proved he could act and his tremendous performance in True Grit proved that.
    He was also a humorous guy and had a warm personality beneath that tough guy image. Big hero. Big man!
    Great piece of writing, Kim. Congrats on poem of the day. One of the best!
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    Kim Barney Kim Barney (8/17/2016 10:32:00 PM)

    Thanks, Tom. I think the poem (song) you mean is A Boy Named Sue. Did you know that was written by one of my favorite poets, Shel Silverstein?

  • (8/17/2016 1:33:00 AM)

    Congratulations on a Poem of the Day. This is a gem.
    I'll always remember Marion as Genghis Khan.
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    Kim Barney Kim Barney (8/17/2016 3:14:00 AM)

    And I'll probably remember him best as Rooster Cogburn or one of his other Western roles. Thanks for your comment. I don't think I ever saw him as Genghis Kahn.

  • Kelly Kurt (8/17/2016 12:18:00 AM)

    I have a girl's name too.: -)
    Good to see your poem here, my friend.
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    Kim Barney Kim Barney (8/17/2016 3:03:00 AM)

    Thanks, Kelly. Some people think Kim is a girl's name, too, but I know several men named Kim.
    Oh, and in all my years of teaching school I had more male Kellys than female.

  • Grace Jessen (6/11/2016 11:03:00 PM)

    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. (Report) Reply

    Kim Barney Kim Barney (6/12/2016 1:58:00 AM)

    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!

  • Madathil Rajendran Nair (4/3/2015 10:57:00 PM)

    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. (Report) Reply

    Kim Barney Kim Barney (6/12/2016 2:01:00 AM)

    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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Poem Submitted: Sunday, March 29, 2015

Poem Edited: Tuesday, January 3, 2017

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