She Belonged to the World


People tried to

Possess her

From lovers

To friends

Everyone wanted

A piece

Leaving her broken

Torn apart

She had no cure

To fix herself

She was her own art

Manicured and coiffed

A trophy

For everyone to see

She didn't have her own life

That was her reality

She belonged to the world

Not to herself

She lived for everyone else

A perfect model she

Inside and empty shell

Her heart bleed


Drip by drip

Everyday a little

Drained her

Blood poured from her veins

Until she was gone

Only a shadow left behind

Of what she was

Meant to be

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Simba73 3 years ago from UK

Great piece again , you have expressed how fame can be the biggest bondage of all in a wonderful write the flows like silk

Like it !!!


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btrbell 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

This was great. I have to say that Simba said it all! Beautiful poem, beautiful lady! Thank you!

cleaner3 3 years ago

Caroline , very nice poem . Fame is fleeting , 15 minutes can affect you for a very long time and although you could be famous it has it's repercussions such as loneliness.

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Gypsy48 3 years ago

You captured the downside of fame perfectly in this poem. Voted up and beautiful.

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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

Interesting write and true, the same as Marylin Monroe, sad...enjoyed

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wayne barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

Yes, Greta and so many others. Very nice poetry again my dear!

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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

Great poem! Wonderfully written. Thank you

Ghaelach 3 years ago

Morning Caroline.

Wonderfully written.

She was a beautiful woman, she was everything, accept being allowed to be herself.

Have a nice weekend.

LOL Ghaelach

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The Frog Prince 3 years ago from Arlington, TX

Her beauty was astounding! Great work C.

The Frog

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ImKarn23 3 years ago

"I vant to be alone"....(too...)

Beautiful tribute to a beautiful, trendsetting, rulebreaking woman!

Have a beautiful sunday, Caroline..

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Astra Nomik 3 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

Greta was an unforgettable lady and was unique in a time when it was not popular to be honest about certain things. She was an amazing person, and many women look to her for inspiration and see the positive things she represented. Fame does have its disadvantages. We have the luxury of looking at her through history and by looking at fame as a whole and her as being part of fame, and show she was famous. She is still unique to me, for what she stood for.

Everyone famous belongs to the world to some extent. But they don't want to be owned. I enjoyed this hub. It made me think. Great writing, Caroline.

AudraLeigh 3 years ago

Nice to see you have not lost your poetic touch,,,this was beautiful!!! GG was one of thos like many in the industry that were like owned in so many ways. It was hard being famous back then :) Loved your poem...thank you!

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carolinemd21 3 years ago from Close to Heaven Author

Thank you Simba for stopping by. Yes fame can be a bondage. :)

Thank you Btrbell for the great compliment! :)

Thank you Michael for sharing and reading. :)

Thank you Gypsy for stopping by. :)

Thank you Ruby for your lovely comment. :)

Thank you Wayne for reading and commenting. :)

Thank you Mhatter for stopping by. :)

Thank you Ghaelach I always appreciate you stooping by. :)

Thank you Frog Prince for your wonderful words. :)

Thank you Leslie for your wonderful comment. :)

Thank you Astra for your amazing comment. :)

Thank you Audra it is always nice to see you! :)

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Cyndi10 3 years ago from Georgia

That was a great tribute to Greta Garbo. Beautiful writing.

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carolinemd21 3 years ago from Close to Heaven Author

Thank you Cyndi10. :)

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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS

Very well done, Caroline. An unusual treatment for a celeb.

When I was a young child - 4 & 5 - I sometimes stayed with my first grade teacher when my parents had to go to the ranch during the school year. She had many interesting things for a kid to do, one of which was to pour over her 1930s movie magazines! Yes, really! And Greta Garbo was one of the stars frequently featured on their pages. For a little bitty girl in a very small town, these were such fascinating articles and pictures! Even I could see how beautiful she was, - yet how distant & 'cut-off' she seemed.

I was still only 9 when she retired from almost all picture-making in 1941 and lived the "I vant to be alone" life till she died in 1990. She'd started life in poverty & hardship, & their talismans seemed to cling to her psychologically, despite her success.

In spite of being alive during her movie-making days, I've seen her movies more on Turner Classics than I ever saw during her actual acting days! I still feel that sense of awe of her.

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carolinemd21 3 years ago from Close to Heaven Author

Nellie what a wonderful comment. Greta Garbo always had a sense of mystery surrounding her. She was a very interesting woman. What an amazing experience you had as a little girl! Thank you for sharing it with me. I always appreciate you stopping by! :)

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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS

Thank you.

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DREAM ON 3 years ago

What a wonderful hub looking deep into the fame of Greta Garbo.How sad to see someone so successful but not happy. The price we pay to be a celebrity.

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carolinemd21 3 years ago from Close to Heaven Author

Dream On it was an interpretation from what I read about her. I think nobody wants to feel owned. In the end she was an independent spirit. Thank you for reading and your comment. :)

Ruvell 2 years ago

I feel sasiefitd after reading that one.

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carolinemd21 2 years ago from Close to Heaven Author

Thank you Ruvell. :)

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