Dear Marilyn

All you wanted was approval.
Of, if only you’d stuck around
You’d see your face plastered on
Everything-
Shirts, ads, quotes you never said

All you wanted was to like your appearance.
Women look up to you as a style icon
And model their ideal body image off you-
You’re seen as a golden standard

All you wanted was to be a serious actress.
Every time you put on the makeup,
The fitted dresses, the pin curls,
The red lips, sweeping false lashes, beauty mark
Every time someone called you Marilyn
Instead of Norma Jean, darling,
You were.
3-23-2016

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