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The Red Mile

Updated on April 14, 2019

Sometimes, I dust off an old poem, lost over several years and no longer featured on the Hub. This is one of those rare occasions.


The Oscars
The Oscars

Having once worked in the entertainment industry in LA, people sometimes ask me what Hollywood is really like. Actually, there is no “Hollywood,” as such, anymore. Although the major studio system of The Golden Age died out many years ago, the pressures and risks inherent in this business still thrive.

The Oscar is a statuette of a knight standing on a reel of film, gripping a crusader’s sword. But "all that glitters is not gold” for it takes more than talent to walk the red carpet amidst screaming fans and camera flares. Those who pursue acting to claim the prize often fail, while others -- truly gifted and deserving of the crown -- may sadly and tragically lose their way...


Each day they rush the kingdom gates

To joust their way to fame

And walk the mile of crimson tears

Their childhood sought to claim;


The promised land that calls the knight

To streets of glittered stone

Forsakes the dream in shadowed maze

To find its way alone;


The dragon lairs that guard the mile

Have warned in tales unsung

Of knights who fell as moths in flame

To fires that lure the young;


If shielded well the marksmen charge

To strike with ready lance

And cast their mark through endless suns

To pierce the veil of chance;


While golden knights that grace the mile

Entice of princely things,

The lightning storms and fevered cries

Decide the fate of kings.



Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe
River Phoenix
River Phoenix
Heath Ledger
Heath Ledger
Phillip Seymour Hoffman
Phillip Seymour Hoffman


Written and copyrighted by Genna Eastman; all rights reserved.

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