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JOHN UPDIKE POEM TO DORIS

Unread postby howard » 23 Jun 2009, 17:58

John Updike, one of our greatest authors, who passed away recently, wrote a poem to our gal. It can be found in his book entitled "Endpoint and Other Poems." Here 'tis:

HER COY LOVER SINGS OUT

Doris, ever since 1945,
when I was all of thirteen and you a mere twenty-one,
and “Sentimental Journey” came winging
out of the juke box at the sweet shop,
your voice peircing me like a silver arrow,
I knew you were sexy.

And in 1962, when you
were thirty-eight and I all of thirty
and having a first affair, while you
were co-starring with Cary Grant in That Touch of Mink
and enjoying, according to the Globe,
Doris’ Red-Hot Romp with Mickey Mantle,
I wasn’t surprised.

Now in 2008 (did you ever
think you’d live into such a weird year?)
when you are eighty-four and I am seventy-six,
I still know you’re sexy,
and not just in reruns or on old 45 rpms.
Your four inadequate husbands weren’t the half of it.

Bob Hope called you Jut-Butt, and your breasts
(Molly Haskell reported)
were as big as Monroe’s but swaddled.
Hollywood protected us from you,
they consumed you, what the Globe tastefully terms
the “shocking secret life of America’s Sweetheart.”

Still, I’m not quite ready
for you to breathe the air that I breathe.
I huff going upstairs as it is.
Give me space to get over the idea of you -
the thrilling silver voice,
the gigantic silver screen. Go
easy on me, Clara, let’s take our time.

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Re: JOHN UPDIKE POEM TO DORIS

Unread postby BabeWilliams » 23 Jun 2009, 21:53

Thanks for posting that Howard, it was sweet!
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Re: JOHN UPDIKE POEM TO DORIS

Unread postby ray » 23 Jun 2009, 22:21

Strange poem but nice! Even John Updike reads the Globe!!!!!! Wonder what the next rag story will be? Maybe they have given up!

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Unread postby pillowtalk » 24 Jun 2009, 12:54

I agree, it was strange but sweet! :D
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Unread postby daybyday08 » 24 Jun 2009, 13:59

I also agree a bit odd but sweet.
It's a wonderful day for Doris Day <3
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Unread postby webmaster » 25 Jun 2009, 19:57

Thanks Howard. I really enjoyed that. It wasn't so much of a poem as a love letter.

He had the wit and the skill to go beyond what most fans could say, ie, "I've been a fan of yours since (whenever) and I've seen all your films, please send me your autograph!"
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Unread postby daybyday08 » 26 Jun 2009, 22:19

Your right about that.
It's a wonderful day for Doris Day <3
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Re: JOHN UPDIKE POEM TO DORIS

Unread postby sunnygail » 01 Jul 2009, 14:16

daybyday08 wrote:I also agree a bit odd but sweet.
It was a bit different but very heart felt . BILL

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Unread postby littlepinetree » 01 Jul 2009, 17:37

Bryan, "The Fan Who Knew Too Much," How funny! :lol:

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Unread postby webmaster » 01 Jul 2009, 19:38

Thanks!

I'm enjoying all the small avatars - small is beautiful! 8)
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Unread postby daybyday08 » 01 Jul 2009, 20:31

That's funny they have been small lately. I remember when some people used to have bigger ones a while ago.
I agree small is great!
It's a wonderful day for Doris Day <3
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Re: JOHN UPDIKE POEM TO DORIS

Unread postby BabeWilliams » 03 Jul 2009, 10:28

I switched mine to a bigger one. I really like the picture!! Hey Lisa, I like your new avatar!
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Unread postby webmaster » 03 Jul 2009, 10:34

You look nice in that blonde wig, Megan. :)
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Re: JOHN UPDIKE POEM TO DORIS

Unread postby littlepinetree » 03 Jul 2009, 11:18

Thanks Megan, and I like yours too! Yours does look better bigger. Better detail. But I do like many smaller, and I like mine smaller because it's a close up picture. (a head shot). :D

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Re: JOHN UPDIKE POEM TO DORIS

Unread postby BabeWilliams » 03 Jul 2009, 11:54

Thank you Lisa and Bryan. You know I'm trying to find which wig makes me look more Doris so I can play her in her life story movie. I think I'm doing rather nicely, don't you?
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