“Life” by Marilyn Monroe


I am of both your directions
Existing more with the cold frost
Strong as a cobweb in the wind
Hanging downward the most
Somehow remaining
Those beaded rays have the colors
I’ve seen in paintings—ah life
they have cheated you…
thinner than a cobweb’s thread
sheerer than any
but it did attach itself
and held fast in strong winds
and singed by leaping hot fires
life—of which at singular times
I am of both your directions—
somehow I remain hanging downward
the most
as both of your directions pull me.


Marilyn Monroe, 1926-1962

“Love” from Fragments (2010)
© undated, Marilyn Monroe

Photo by Joe Dudeck on Unsplash

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