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Hollywood bloomed from humble roots,

Became a dazzling oasis renown by tales

Of currying favour with its golden gods.


A place of pilgrimage for dreamers with

Pocketful’s of burning ambition, going

Out on a grand odyssey for eminence,

Started from scraping at the bottom.


Personification of the American Dream,

Rising from ashes, weave rags into riches,

Perched way up high on a mighty pedestal.


The realm of bespoke glitz and glamour,

Ladies shine as bright as their diamonds,

And men with mega-watt grins to match.



Behind the gloss, more cursed than blessed,

Glorified realm of infamy, kissed by the sun,

Where wheels of fortune can turn so abruptly.


Not always the perfect epitome of magnified

Success, a superficial quick fix to high esteem,

But a hotbed for an unhealthy requisite to ruin,

A breeding ground for descents into madness.


Tabloids like to drag dusty skeletons out into

Blinding scrutiny, under epileptic glares

Of camera blubs going off, framing shame,

All to make a quick buck off a big disgrace.


Glittering stars can watch careers fall and

Crash back to earth as quickly as they rose

To the limitless skies they once shone from.

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Elaine Mullarkey

About the Author: Elaine Mullarkey

She/Her Wordsmith and bibliophile that does a spot of writing every now and again.

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