Poem: Hairy Marilyn By Mark Tulin

Hairy Marilyn, Miss Monroe

you can’t hide from me

with your fake beard

and those Buddy Holly glasses.

I know that ruffled cocktail dress

over the subway grate

flying above your waist,

that panty shot

for the whole world to see.

Even if you are a cardboard

beauty, a freak of nature

in a Rocket Fizz candy store—

my jaw still drops.

I ogle at you anyway.


I am an author, poet, humorist, and short story writer from Palm Springs, California. I write about various topics, from my early childhood in Philadelphia to my years as a family therapist and finally to my soul-searching in California. These are poetic narratives that may have humorous or serious content or both. Either way, I hope my poetry and stories resonate with you.

5 comments on “Poem: Hairy Marilyn By Mark Tulin

  1. I like this original tribute to Marilyn. Even with that strange beard and glasses on her beauty cannot be hidden from us all. I think she was special, she had inner and outer beauty. While she usually played the typical dumb objectified woman she was intelligent at the same time. Very nice poem

    • She was not dumb at all. I think if she were an actress today she would be even more special. 🙂

      • Agreed. What I meant is she often played roles just as if she were that kind of dumb woman, which she obvioulsy wasn’t. That is very difficult to do and is one of the reasons why she was a brilliant actress, I think. Her voice singing was beautiful even though some people criticised it for being too soft and low. That was precisely her gift. She was enchanting in all she did: inner and outer beauty. No wonder men had/have dropping jaws. She will always be special in all our memories. So sad she took her life. She could have continued as a mature actress and singer. Look at Meryl Streep, for instance, totally different actress, but isn’t she awesome?

      • I agree. She was so compelling, and there was an honesty about her. Thanks for your insight.

      • You are welcome.

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