Chicano Poet

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Henry’s Elegy For Shelley Winters

Her big fat ass swimming upside-down
inside the Poseidon
like a baby whale,

this is, of course, years and years
after she had lost
that blonde bomb shell look

that gave men erections
and lesbians latherations.
She bedded famous actors,

Burt Lancaster, Errol Flynn, Clark Gable,
William Holden, Marlon Brando.
Later she played a grandmother on Roseanne.

But, when they torched a hole in the stern
to pull out the survivors
the hole would have been too small for her,

too small for her beauty and grace
but small enough
for the rest of the human race.


At 11:17 PM, Blogger BOOKWORM said...

I love your homage to Shelly Winters. Good for you. You have taste AND intelligence. I love the Henry poems, especially today's line "Henry was sent to the mailbox."

Fossil Guy has turned me on to your blog. And he's right!

At 12:23 AM, Blogger RC said...

Hello,Bookworm and thanks for dropping by.

At 11:52 AM, Anonymous suzanne said...


I loved her in
Night of the Hunter
but then I think that was one
of the best and scariest movies
ever made


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