I Heard Marlene Dietrich Sing – Poem #104

Saw some 1920’s photos
when we had ended all the wars
thinking we would all be rich
livin’ fat and driving fancy cars

But it didn’t quite turn out that way
as kids went over there again
once more to see the sights of France,
island beaches; Italy

But then we knew we’d get it right
in Levittowns across the nation
but no; we sent them off again
Who is Uncle Ho Chi Minh?

Now some living in our parks
seek solace in an empty bottle
wondering how it went so wrong
fighting shadows in Mekong.

I heard Marlene Dietrich sing
“Sag mir wo die blumen sind?”
Remembering all the flowers gone
as petals blow ‘cross a graveyard lawn.


About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to I Heard Marlene Dietrich Sing – Poem #104

  1. beetleypete says:

    Nice use of Marlene. Her voice seemed to sum up the spirit of both wars.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Chagall says:

    Toritto, this is brilliant. So much poignancy and history wrapped up into 5 quartets. I lived in Levittown, LI, for a number of years. The concept of “war” absolutely baffles me. —CC


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.