"Welcome to Hollywood"


She said she wanted to go to Hollywood.
She said she wanted to be a big, bright star,
with her very own square,
engraved on the boulevard.
She wanted her name in lights,
and her face on billboards.
She wanted money and fame
and fancy cars.
She wanted to meet
the hottest celebs,
rather than stay here,
and watch her life ebb.
So she bought the cheapest ticket
her money could buy,
on the first train out of town.
She packed for the ride.

It was a long way down
to that golden state,
but she arrived on time,
not a minute late.
She lifted her bags,
and held her head high.
She was finally here,
stardom was nigh.
She set off to meet her destiny.
She set off to meet her fate,
dressed in her best,
with fame she had a date.
But she searched and she searched
and still could not find,
as if she were invisible,
no one would give her the time.

They slammed the door
in her pretty little face.
They laughed at her
and shewed her away.
They said they were just too busy,
or, "Honey, get in line.
There's a long list of people just like you,
and a good one is hard to find."
So she went back to the dirty, cheap motel
she had rented for the night.
She went back
with tears in her eyes.
She felt discouraged.
She felt like giving up.
Not a dime in her pocket,
Hollywood was supposed to be fun.

Then through the corner of her eye,
she noticed a flyer under the door.
She picked it up and read,
"Looking for fame? Well look no more."
There was an address and a time
and nothing else.
She felt optimistic
as she readied herself.
Her eyes still poofy,
nothing a little makeup couldn't fix.
Some eye liner and shadow,
there, that'll do the trick.
So she called for a cab
and headed to the place,
but he sped off and left her there,
when she said she couldn't pay.

Lost and alone she looked
for the address on the flyer,
starting to suspect
this ad to be a liar.
Til she spotted a lonely door
in a dark alleyway.
But this couldn't be it,
it didn't look safe.
She contemplated knocking.
She contemplated walking away,
but then she was greeted
by a friendly face.
He had eyes of blue
and high cheek bones.
He asked, "Who are you?
Have you come alone?"

"My name is Annabel,
I have this flyer here."
But something grew inside her,
some kind of fear.
Perhaps she was just nervous,
for he was quite pleasing to the eyes,
but he just stared at her,
as her heart beat continued to rise.
He inched closer,
his smile turned to a grin.
She could see the tension,
laced in his chin.
"Do you want to be famous?"
He asked clear as day.
Of course she did,
"Yes" was all she could say.

In one quick motion,
he took out his switchblade,
and one jab was all it took,
right under her rib cage.
He knew where to hit,
as blood poured from the cut.
He slashed across to the other side,
gracefully, right through her gut.
She fell to the ground,
writhing in pain,
trying to hold in her organs,
as blood streamed down the drain.
He stood over her and laughed,
"Well, now you will be, Annabel, and so will I.
Welcome to Hollywood.
Where stars come to die."

© Copyright NMJ 2013

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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Wow! I wasn't expecting that ending at all. Great Poem!

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Nikkij504gurl 3 years ago from Louisiana Author

Thanks Susan! Glad you liked it.

Poetic Fool 3 years ago

Nikki, I expected a twist at the end but I didn't expect that! You did a great job of building the tension and setting up that final scene. I like how you didn't feel constrained to use perfect rhymes, it makes it work so much better. Great job, Nikki! Voted up!

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cleaner3 3 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

Nikki.. loved this ..with your twist made it even better.

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Dim Flaxenwick 3 years ago from Great Britain

Absolutely brilliant. I was hanging on every word.

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Nikkij504gurl 3 years ago from Louisiana Author

Wow, I'm getting such good comments on this. Thanks everyone. I was afraid it might have been a bit too stretched out but I'm glad everyone liked it and my twist ending. :)

Ghaelach 3 years ago

Hi Nikki.

Great hub.

For me it's like reading a short horror story. You had me hanging on to every word. I bet the ending fooled a lot of people.

Nice to hear from you again.

LOL Ghaelach

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Nikkij504gurl 3 years ago from Louisiana Author

Yep. Thanks Ghaelach. Hope all is well with you.

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