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  • Saturday, September 01, 2018 1:47 AM
    Message # 6649089

    Secret Ambition
    Inspired by Hedwig Lamar


    Lights, war fights, cameras, communications
    Films and fame for this dame  
    But what does it mean to have fame
    Does it bring happiness?
    I guess that would depend on what you are famous for
    Maybe the moments that define you most are not the ones you are as famous for but have the most lasting effect  
    Not only are you far from ordinary, but quite extraordinary
    Beauty, talent, and intelligence almost equal
    A gem on screen
    More than a lifesaver off screen

    You seem mysterious in ways with a variety of partners

    But maybe an indication of never settling reaching for more or something else

    I know my mother would know much more of you
    Being the extreme old movie buff she is
    This may be the first time I have been introduced to your name
    But not the first time I have seen you
    I can tell you were more than an impactful and whimsical woman
    Call it a gut connection

    Maybe one day I will strive to be more like you with secret ambition and more than one type of recognition








    Last modified: Saturday, September 01, 2018 1:51 AM | Jennifer Kardos
  • Sunday, September 02, 2018 12:16 PM
    Reply # 6650350 on 6649089

    Jennifer, I love the way you inquire into your subject, reflecting on yourself--this phrase especially, so simple yet full:  "You seem mysterious..."  -- "a gut connection," indeed :)

    The jaunty rhyme of this line totally enacts the unapologetic boldness of your poem's subject:  "Films and fame for this dame"  

    (Heads-up:  Bummer, I just noticed online that the source I used misspelled her last name: it's "Lamarr"-- I shoulda fact-checked!)

    Thank you for posting y your poem here!

  • Monday, September 03, 2018 10:19 PM
    Reply # 6652196 on 6649089
    Jennifer Kardos wrote:
    Secret Ambition
    Inspired by Hedwig Lamar


    Lights, war fights, cameras, communications
    Films and fame for this dame  
    But what does it mean to have fame
    Does it bring happiness?
    I guess that would depend on what you are famous for
    Maybe the moments that define you most are not the ones you are as famous for but have the most lasting effect  
    Not only are you far from ordinary, but quite extraordinary
    Beauty, talent, and intelligence almost equal
    A gem on screen
    More than a lifesaver off screen

    You seem mysterious in ways with a variety of partners

    But maybe an indication of never settling reaching for more or something else

    I know my mother would know much more of you
    Being the extreme old movie buff she is
    This may be the first time I have been introduced to your name
    But not the first time I have seen you
    I can tell you were more than an impactful and whimsical woman
    Call it a gut connection

    Maybe one day I will strive to be more like you with secret ambition and more than one type of recognition


    Not sure if this is the right place for this:
    Many times I glance at poems and skim. Not the right approach I know. You first four lines drew me in--especially the second two. We share a curiosity, and I enjoyed this exploration.
    B. Lynn Goodwin
  • Friday, September 07, 2018 8:24 PM
    Reply # 6659573 on 6649089

    Thank you both the insight on this piece. I did not catch that with her last name when I was researching and thank you for letting me know! I enjoyed researching her, talking to my mom about Hedy, and writing about her. I hope I did her justice in some small way.


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