Poem-a-Day April 2018 Writer’s Digest Challenge #27. Theme: Story

Snowe White and Her Seven Husbands
(based on the life of Lana Turner)

Once upon a time in Hollywood,
when stars were glamorous and married often,
there lived an explosive bombshell
named Julia Jean Turner,
who wanted a family and a career.
So she sat in drugstores,
distracting the soda jerks in her tight sweaters and conical bras,
waiting to be discovered like a mathematical formula.
When stardom found her first,
she truncated two offspring in progress,
cycling through husbands and lovers like they were nylons.
Rather than the arms of children around her neck,
it was jewels in her post-Depression world,
where steak and tomatoes with her agent–
“the glitz on the ritz”–
replaced donuts and coffee with the hobos.
The child that was convenient for her to have
never married or had any children,
for her mother had shown her that men
were a penny a dozen.
And her mother,
who,
in her irony,
had wanted seven children and one husband,
but had ended up with seven husbands and one child,
let her daughter kiss her cheek that final time,
when mussed-up makeup didn’t matter anymore.

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Micropoetry Monday: Irony

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When she gave birth to the daughter
who would cause her screams,
she did not know she was giving birth
to her own death 20 years later-
a death that would silence those screams.

She lived a life without regrets,
but then, she had no memory.
It was bliss.

Rhett
For if only he’d known she’d asked for him,
he would’ve never left Tara,
with Ashley alone & aggrieved—
Ashley, a milquetoast remnant of The Old South.
This Old South,
burnt & faded from Bonnie Blue
to bleached denim,
was now ashes that were
gone with the wind.

She was sorry she ever lied,
for because of her lie,
the lie became a truth.

For she’d wanted 7 children
& 1 husband,
but ended up with 7 husbands
& 1 child–
all because she had put
her husbands before the 1.