People, Jul. 24, 1972

The 1950s never took Marilyn Monroe very seriously. Only after she died in 1962 from an overdose of sleeping pills did the world learn just how seriously she wanted to be taken. Aside from her ambitions as an actress, she tried poetry, which interested Carl Sandburg enough for him to request copies of three short works. Published in the August McCall's, they mirror Marilyn's somber side. Samples:

Don't cry my doll Don't cry

I hold you and rock you to sleep

Hush hush I'm pretending now I'm not your mother who died.

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