tallulah bankhead

i will go

to the city

to find

tallulah there

holding her

breath

turning blue

in need of

cold water

she was

tattooed on

ada’s grave

pudgy and fair

her sister

eugenia

steel, slim

and  pretty

i pick

tallulah

she’s scandalous

a provocative

enigma

the chastised

epitome

from the

preacher’s

pulpit

engaged

to another

i feel her

in my hands

from mississippi,

from alabama

to tennessee,

she could care

for herself,

through her

spiritualism

an unrepentant

drunk

doing cartwheels

or reciting

a tantrum

at the convent

in manhattanville

entertaining

the wright brothers

as the comedian

give me

tallulah

in a picture play

magazine

unexpecting

budding young

desperate

naked

to prove

she’s ash blond

to ehtel barrymore,

douglas fairbanks

in the algonquin

lobby

tallulah

leaves me

tongue-tied

captivated

to her

martini

drenched smile

mixing with

nice people

a liberated

sought-after

character

following

the taxi

in her bentley

the monkey

giving credence

to the inferior

my hollywood

tallulah

set the dog

on fire

disdained for

scarlett

by moral

turpitude

tullalulah

lay with me

in your

silk robe

with cigarette

burns and all

i will suck

the pneumonia

from you

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