Thursday, January 16, 2014

Headline Poem 1/16/14 -- Tribute to Meryl Streep

(Photo credit BBC)

2014 Oscar nominations were announced this morning. Meryl Streep has been nominated for yet another one. She doesn't keep track, so I am not going to worry about how many. I know it's a lot. She is one of my all-time favorite actress. Today's headline poem is dedicated to her.

Tribute to Meryl Streep

It's easy to get caught up in the glitter and fanciness that is Hollywood
Seems all some care about is bling and fancy shit

When I am discouraged by award show madness
Focused on weight and height
Breasts, beards, bronze, or light 
Designers, jewels, and the secret society rules --
who won't attend because they are off gallivanting again
Taking a stand against the Industry man
(who pays their bills, but won't share a table)

There is Meryl Louise Streep

Of course, a stranger
Knows nothing about me, nor I of her,
except for what she has looked like every year of her life since 1979, and 
what I read on Wikipedia...
Married to the same man, four kids
a Cancer
Born June 22, 1949 in New Jersey
Vassar, Yale, and an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from Princeton U.

she reminds me of the art behind the game
the grace
and class
the honing of skills
the pushing of limits
being relevant by being real

She is a woman behind her roles
make up is an addition, not a distraction
she becomes who the part demands she becomes
for her, for them, for us

With her we stroll lanes,
rage down rivers, and 
sit anxiously in courtrooms and corridors
she is a bitch, she is a whore,
she is timid, she roars
like lions out of Africa,
she is complex,
she is complicated... 

she sounds like all of us

Germany, Switzerland, England, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, 
She has a maternal great-grandmother named Mary Agnes McFadden from Clondahorky, Ireland 
Oh to have a conversation with Mary Agnes McFadden!
Perhaps we already have...