The Man Who Wasn't Therebypushkine©
In Hollywood, the twenties were
A grand, excessive time
Where handsome guys and luscious gals
Mimed love in scenes sublime.
John Gilbert bested many men
To star with Miss Garbo—
An envious position when
He kissed her, long and slow.
Yet he was quite an actor, as
In Vidor's Big Parade.
In battle scenes, his valor seemed
Quite real, not masquerade.
But these were silent films, of course.
When talkies came to town
Cher Gilbert stumbled, his poor voice
Unsuitable to sound.
While Greta's accent charmed their fans
John's didn't. Though unfair,
She kept her fame . His rôle became
The Man Who Wasn't There.
Survivor Poetry Contest
Trigger 49, Form T (Ballad)