Born in the right era,
with ethereal beauty and grace,
Lillian was a glorious actress
with the most angelic face.
She suffered for performing arts
a player with much obsession,
the quintessential heroine
in a time of Great Depression.
Her characters were often weak,
though her strength each time, came through.
Her popular films would guarantee
a magnificent, gracious review.
Archetypal damsel in distress,
a delicate flower of docility,
she fainted on a heaping ice floe
with self-sacrificing nobility.
She cowered before a brutal bounder.
She languished in a garret.
She was the original prototype
for the legendary Hollywood Starlet.
The first lady of the silent screen,
advanced the histrionic art.
She danced and acted all her life
with talent, verve and heart.
Written and Posted on:
D’verse Poets, challenge by Sheila Moore:
And yes, I wrote this quickly just for this prompt, which is why you see such undisciplined rhyme and meter.
For those of you who never saw her, or heard of her, enjoy:
Posted on September 3, 2011, in D’verse Poets Pub, Poetry and tagged acted, archtypal, damsel, danced, distress, docility, dverse, dverse poets club, gracious, histrionic, hollywood, Lillian Gish, magnificent, silent films, silent movies, silent screen, starlet, talent, verve, Way Out East. Bookmark the permalink. 42 Comments.