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Tragidienne: an actress who plays tragic roles

Updated on July 28, 2015

Silent Film Star Marguerite Clark


One Cartwheel Too Many

Because my belly aches

And my thoughts run amuck

Maybe it seems

I am one wrecked truck

That my life

Never seems to shine

Just a “Debbie Downer”

A tragedienne

While it is true

My now’s not the same

There was a time

Of fun and games

Turning cartwheels

Maybe knocked my brain

For I know my head hit the ground

One hundred times before I learned how

To land on my feet

And not on my head

To shake off the not

And celebrate the yes

For there was a time

When I could jump and run and play

Could climb any tree

And hang off of any limb

And it is easy to forget those times back when

All it took was a mud pie to make me grin

While I know there are those who understand

Some see me only as a tragedienne

Makes me wonder about Sylvia Plath,

Gunther and John Donne

“Death Be Not Proud”

For it is not fun for anyone

Robin Williams made us laugh

Yet inside he battled wrath

Maybe someday I will become all bright and shiny

Smile all the time like I did when I was tiny

Sunshine will spill forth

Life of the party

Set sail from every port

Riding the “Good Ship Lollipop”

Separate the poet from the person

Speak not of the grief

Nor share the demons

Slipping into my head as I try to sleep

Slip, slip, slip away

Do all I can to make someone’s day

Be there everywhere

Be what you need

Not speak of confusion

Frustration or pain

Just keep the bands marching

In floods, droughts or thundering pain

Maybe you have noticed

I don’t come around as often as I should

That I don’t show up like I said I would

Too quiet and sheltered from life’s big world

I cut myself off

Hold my tongue

Slash my words

Into bits and pieces

Yes, you are right

There are times when

My darkness overcomes

And it may seem I am nothing but a tragedienne

That is okay

You have the right to see me as you will

But luckily for me I have friends

Who get me and know my pain is real

To them I say: Blessed are ye

For your love and understanding

For your wisdom and care

But most of all for just being there

© 2015 ocfireflies


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    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Mel. Your kind words and description mean a lot.


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      Mel Carriere 

      2 years ago from San Diego California

      Lovely poem with a great lyrical bounce. You conveyed a touch of mischievous defiance along with a dash of moving melancholy. Great work!

    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from North Carolina


      Please accept my late response. My dad underwent open heart surgery last Friday and is still in the hospital so I have not had time to visit HP.

      Thank you for your lovely response.



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      Shyron E Shenko 

      2 years ago from Texas


      Such emotions you have stirred,

      And the future is no longer blurred

      You have said it all

      In just so many words.

      Beautifully done



    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks DDE!



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      Devika Primić 

      2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      You truly express emotions and a very well written poem

    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from North Carolina


      What an awesome trip that would be for me to get to travel with such cool folks such as you and John. Thank you for being you. You ARE the treasure.

      Blessings Always with bons bons every day,


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      Genna East 

      2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Kim, we're always here...loving your words, and listening, wondering at times if Lollypop was just a dream for us all when those darker moments come..."where bons bons play" ... Still, I agree with John (Jodah); heck I'll sign on, too; but who knows where we will fly to? Hugs, and keep these amazing poems coming. You are a treasure.

    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from North Carolina


      Thanks for taking the journey with me.


      I believe that you are correct in that we all may take on the role at one time or the other.

      Many thanks to you both for taking the time to read.


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      Suzette Walker 

      2 years ago from Taos, NM

      Another great poem, Kim. I have never thought of you as a tragidienne, although we all probably play one at one time or another during our lives. Love the images you weave with your words.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      A most interesting and fascinating poetic journey. Enjoyed.

    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from North Carolina


      Thanks so much for your observations and kind words.



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      2 years ago from australia

      Interesting poem, made me think and connect with your words. There are times when darkness seems inevitable - like your reference to Sylvia Plath. I share your thoughts with friends who care and bring the lightness back. Great work.

    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from North Carolina

      Yeah, I would have probably gone with Mary Ann, but I am such a spas like Gilligan : ) And, you are right! No show without the Gilligan. Wish down under was not so far away.


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      John Hansen 

      2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      ;) Kim, I always had a soft spot for Mary Ann..but Gilligan's, well show without Gilligan.

    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from North Carolina


      So great to see you and how happy you make me that we share those kind of childhood memories.


      Even in your comments, you have such a beautiful way with words. Thank you for your votes and to us having many more smiles to go...


      Just to even associate me with the word, "successful poet" brings chills down my spine. And know that I want more than anything to hop aboard that lollypop good ship. And, hey, I can't think of any other place I would rather land than on Gilligan's Island with you as the skipper. I keep thinking would I rather be Ginger or MaryAnn? Though, most likely, I would be Gilligan.


      I know in my heart that if for no other reason, I was lead to Hubpages by your generous spirit for you always know just what to say. Thanks for being the kind of you who has a heart big enough for the likes of me.

      Minnentonko Twin (I have to fight the urge to refer to you as MinnTwin--smiles),

      To describe my work as "educational and inspirational" is so gratifying for you know having been to those places I sometimes write about that it IS a very, dark place...

      So many blessings to you all who show me support by "just being there..."



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      Linda Rogers 

      2 years ago from Minnesota

      Beautiful words Kim that I have lived and understand. Your writing is educational and inspirational for those of us that struggle with those darker times. Hit many buttons and voted up.

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      Faith Reaper 

      2 years ago from southern USA

      Fantastic poem, dear Kim. I have never thought of you as a tragedienne either. You are a brilliant poet who writes from the heart of life and pain are genuine!

      Peace and blessings and lots of Hugs, dear heart

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      John Hansen 

      2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Wonderful poem Kim, many successful poets wrote about their inner term oil and from that sprung their greatest works. I think it is like that for you. I can feel what you are going through from your words, whether it makes you seem like a tragidienne or not doesn't matter. Try to get back on that a Good Ship Lollypop and set sail from every port. If you need a skipper or some crew, I'm in...but we'll probably end up at Gilligan's Island.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Great poem Kim; I never think of you as a tragedienne and as long as we have that spirit of the wanna smile we will be OK. We will never stop looking and take them where we may and pray for the time that our days are full of them! May the Lord bless you with many, many smiles.

      Up, across and sharing.

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      2 years ago from USA

      Ah, the good old days! Your poem brought back some nice memories of my own. "Smile all the time like I did when I was tiny." I love that line!

    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from North Carolina


      Thank you for placing me with your faves. I hope you know how much you mean to me.


      Thank you and thanks for reading.

      Many Blessings,


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      2 years ago from Chicago

      Hi Kim, you told a darn good story here. It was very touching. I always enjoy your poetry. Thanks for sharing!

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      "To shake off the not and celebrate the yes"....great line by one of my favorite poets.


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