Marilyn Monroe stepped into my head

January 31, 2012

I just woke up. With thoughts of Marilyn. Monroe. Not the shocks. She contradicts all our preconceived notions of the dumb blonde. Not that she was Hedy Lamarr. She was a sex symbol. But she also went to visit an old famous poet, Carl Sandberg.

She interested one of America’s greatest playwrights, Arthur Miller. Enough that he married her.

She became the mistress of a sitting American President.

At a party with Frank Sinatra and several gangsters she was passed around like a joint.

Marilyn Monroe was a paradox. She had serious personal issues. At the same time she seemed carefree and natural. She lived in an age when the ideal woman had to be 2 dimensional. Beautiful. Always available. No baggage. She was a complicated person. This is one of her poems.

O, Time
Be Kind
Help this weary being
To forget what is sad to remember
Lose my loneliness,
Ease my mind,
While you eat my flesh.

But none of this tells you the whole story. Marilyn had a dream about her acting coach. (Think of T.S. Eliot and The Hollow Men) In the dream he was a doctor. And she was on the operating table. He opened her up. And this is what Marilyn wrote.

thought there was going
to be so much—more than he had ever
dreamed possible …
instead there was absolutely nothing—
devoid of
every human living feeling thing—
the only thing
that came out was so finely cut sawdust—like out of a raggedy ann doll—and the sawdust
all over the floor & table and Dr. H is
because suddenly she realizes that this is a
new type case. The patient … existing
of complete emptiness


6 Responses to “Marilyn Monroe stepped into my head”

  1. And she read Ulysses. And she managed to keep smiling.

  2. I’m not always comfortable watching her movies. But I loved The Seven Year Itch, and Some Like It Hot. She was terrific.

  3. Cafe23 said

    Wow, those poems are pretty dark. And sad 😦
    Thanks for stopping by my neck of the woods 🙂

  4. […] Halliday wrote a beautiful post about Marilyn Monroe a few days ago. To quote: Marilyn Monroe was a paradox. She had serious personal issues. At the […]

  5. She wrote poetry? I never knew and it’s good to know. Thanks for putting it here.

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