The mask must never be allowed to slip.

Cover image:

Marilyn Monroe


Do you remember Marilyn Monroe?


That smiling face,

that seductive pose.

wearing the mask of stardom;

wherever she goes.

Of emotional turbulence,

those moments of grief,

from personal pain

there can be no relief.

An icon, an image,

one that reaches so far;

there’s no room for cracks

in the life of a star.

Bury them well,

deny them all power,

only when you’re secluded

from them, may you cower.

No escape from the camera,

it pursues you, of course,

for your life isn’t private;

they won’t show remorse

as they follow you round

and capture your face,

the mask always worn

and held firmly in place.

All those personal doubts

and those personal fears

that have become magnified

over the years;

you must not admit them,

but present a denial

until they overwhelm

into something so vile.

Pretending and posing

did lead you to die,

yet so many still wonder

exactly why.

Life behind a mask

is one that can’t be maintained

for eventually self-doubt

will not be contained.

For those that preach rose-tints,

that insist on repression,

denying the power

of internal depression

perhaps should look back -

where did Norma Jean go

once she took the persona

of Marilyn Monroe?

Submitted: February 11, 2020

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A Candle In The Wind... Elton John (Reginald Dwight) had a 1st release Yellow Brick Road Album from 1973ish... loved it growing up. Too much corruption with the Kennedy's, so the real story of her demise will always be in question. Sad to see someone who is lost in some many ways around so many.

Tue, February 11th, 2020 5:31pm


I read a lot about her a while ago. She simply had to put on a show whenever she went outside of her door.

Tue, February 11th, 2020 11:13am

Sue Harris

A brilliant glimpse of her tormented and troubled life. Oh, the enormous pressure of keeping that mask in place for public consumption and adoration. It must be awful to be famous and idolised for your looks and sex appeal, traits that inevitably fade. Interestingly, Bridget Bardoe became a recluse when her beauty faded, but she turned her focus to animal welfare!

Tue, February 11th, 2020 6:14pm


She did, didn't she. Thanks, Sue.

Tue, February 11th, 2020 11:20am

Mike S.

Yep, the poster-child of a lost soul; excellent, Hull!

Tue, February 11th, 2020 6:25pm


Not sure quite what inspired me to write this today, although in the past I read quite a lot about Marilyn.
Thanks for giving this a read.

Tue, February 11th, 2020 11:23am


For many people, she has been an idol of sexuality with ideal face, legs, clothing of that time, but it bothered her. Less-known fact about her: she wanted to write some book about philosophy or religion but in the 1950s. The books of this genre were controlled by The American Protestant Church, and they can sue anyone, so publishers didn't attend her work. Besides, less-known version of her suicide is an impossibility to publish what she wants. Did you know this version? I read and watch about her some stuff, perhaps not much as you. Don't forget that there was no freedom of speech in years she is living.

Tue, February 11th, 2020 8:35pm


She was very much type-cast as a blonde bimbo with an empty head, and that really jarred with how she really was. I think so many people underestimate the damage that keeping feelings buried can cause.
Thanks, Roman.

Tue, February 11th, 2020 12:50pm

dewey green

Onya mate!

Wed, February 12th, 2020 8:51am


Thanks, dewey!

Wed, February 12th, 2020 1:21pm

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