Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Celeberties Who Write Poetry

After one of PWB poets sent me a link to a well-known person's poetry I thought it might be interesting to gather links and poems by some celebrities to share with you.

The first one is by Leonard Nimoy, actor best known for playing Mr. Spock.

Come Be With Me

I love you
not for what
I want you to be
But for what you are

I loved you then
For what you were
I love you now
for what you have become

I miss you
And not only you

I miss what I am
When you are here...
You bring out the best in me

Pop By Barack Obama, senator and presidential candidate in the United States.

Sitting in his seat, a seat broad and broken

In, sprinkled with ashes,

Pop switches channels, takes another

Shot of Seagrams, neat, and asks

What to do with me, a green young man

Who fails to consider the

Flim and flam of the world, since

Things have been easy for me;

I stare hard at his face, a stare

That deflects off his brow;

I'm sure he's unaware of his

Dark, watery eyes, that

Glance in different directions,

And his slow, unwelcome twitches,

Fail to pass.

I listen, nod,

Listen, open, till I cling to his pale,

Beige T-shirt, yelling,

Yelling in his ears, that hang

With heavy lobes, but he's still telling

His joke, so I ask why

He's so unhappy, to which he replies . . .

But I don't care anymore, cause

He took too damn long, and from

Under my seat, I pull out the

Mirror I've been saving; I'm laughing,

Laughing loud, the blood rushing from

his face

To mine, as he grows small,

A spot in my brain, something

That may be squeezed out, like a

Watermelon seed between

Two fingers.

Pop takes another shot, neat,

Points out the same amber

Stain on his shorts that I've got on mine,


Makes me smell his smell, coming

From me; he switches channels, recites

an old poem

He wrote before his mother died,

Stands, shouts, and asks

For a hug, as I shrink, my

Arms barely reaching around

His thick, oily neck, and his broad back;


I see my face, framed within

Pop's black-framed glasses

And know he's laughing too.

The third poem is from legendary rapper Tupac Shakur, published as a spoken word poem after his death, as read by Nikki Giovanni.

...Did you hear about the rose that grew from a crack in the concrete? Proving nature's law is wrong it learned to walk with out having feet. Funny it seems, but by keeping its dreams, it learned to breathe fresh air. Long live the rose that grew from concrete when no one else ever cared....Full lyrics here.

You can also check out, if you are so inclined:

Jimmy Stewart, a youtube clip of him reading a poem.

Two poems by Ally Sheedy and one by Charlie Sheen

Back To Babylon by Viggo Mortenson, an actor and poet. Founder of Perceval Press.


paisley said...

if you can watch jimmy stewart read "beau" and not cry,, my hat is off to you.. that was so beautiful.....

paisley said...

and to whom ever critiqued the poems by ally sheedy and charlie sheen,, you are a miserable old bitter know it all,, and i will make a mental note never to return top your site...

paisley said...

last comment i promise... there is a link that totally kicks for the poem by tupac,, and i wanted to share it here:

the rose that grew from concrete

i loved this post....

writerwoman said...

Thanks for the link, Paisley, and all you do for PWB.