"The many moods of Marilyn, à la Andy Warhol"

1.
Solemn as stony
enclaves closed with evening;
late light lingering.

2.
Your eyes adjusting
to her eyes so accustomed
to ideas of night.

3.
So! Razzle-dazzle
spotlight enfilade colour
splash in the tabloids.

4.
The sickness is more
than her publicist lets on;
she eats oranges.

5.
That guy has brought out
the devil in her – who would
have thought – that nice girl!

6.
Would Griffiths have cast
her as black or white given
a rebirthed nation?

7.
Sing Happy Birthday
Mr President and you’ll
embarrass myself?

8.
I love this goddess –
I have seen her in the fields
the wide world over.

9.
We all have off-days
when a kiss lingers longer
than a bold kisser.

10.
“Cool” requires this.
You’ve got to have starting points.
Diverse fetishes.

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