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Shirley Temple has died.

She had an effect on the world,
bigger than I realized.

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Means "beautiful voice" from Greek καλλος (kallos) "beauty" and οψ (ops) "voice". In Greek mythology she was a goddess of epic poetry and eloquence, one of the nine Muses.  

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I just read the article that came on my screen
when I turned on my computer,

I read that as an adult,
she worked for Republican Presidents,
such as the elder George Bush,
as ambassador to Czechoslovakia,
just as the Iron Curtain was collapsing.

But as a child,
she was simply
a truly effective entertainer;
when she set out
to entertain her audience,

She did her job,
so very well.

And she was doing her job
at a point in America's journey
that made her look like a very bright light,
during very dark days.

That seemed like a big help,
to some.

such as
Franklin Delano Roosevelt:


"When the spirit of the people
is lower
than at any other time
during this Depression,
it is a splendid thing
that for just 15 cents,
an American can go to a movie
and look at the smiling face
of a baby
and forget his troubles,"

"As long as our country has Shirley Temple,
we will be all right."

I think that's pretty good poetry,
after I gave it the line breaks,
as I like to do.

Other comments,
on the contribution
of Shirley Temple:

Actor Martin Landau said when the two were honored at the Academy Awards in 1998:


"She is a legacy
of a different time
in motion pictures.

She caught the imagination
of the entire country,
in a way that no one had before,"

The late Roddy McDowall, a fellow child star and friend, once said:
"She's indelible
in the history of America,
she appeared at a time of great social need,
and people took her
to their hearts,"
I wish folks then,
including FDR,
had taken a closer look
at that wonderful oil
flowing out of west Texas,
and the excessive plowing
that led to the dust bowl,
I wish they had realized
that America cannot feed
unlimited numbers of people,
just because the oil companies
want to sell diesel and gasoline,
and the farmers want to see how much they can produce,
I wish they had seen,
back then,
the terrible disaster
of overpopulation of America,
and the end of oil,
the end of diesel tractors,
I wish they had seen that.

I wish they had asked themselves.
"How long can we keep doing things
this way,
how many years will the diesel fuel last?"

But they didn't.

They simply didn't see the famines coming,
the possible famines,
from failing to plan ahead.

They just didn't see it.

But they saw Shirley Temple,
they saw her smile,
they saw the dimples on her cheeks,
and they smiled,
and they felt better.

Thanks for reading.

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Originally posted to Readers and Book Lovers on Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 02:00 PM PST.

Also republished by Rebel Songwriters and Indigo Kalliope.

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  •  Tip Jar (10+ / 0-)

    Famine in America by 2050: the post-peak oil American apocalypse.

    by bigjacbigjacbigjac on Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 02:00:14 PM PST

  •  My sister and I were born (7+ / 0-)

    during Harry Truman's first term and we loved seeing the Shirley Temple movies back then.

    RIP Shirley.

    My invisible imaginary friend is the "true" creator

    by Mr Robert on Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 02:14:16 PM PST

  •  Rec'd (7+ / 0-)

    For the words of FDR; l but one of your points requires correction. the New Deal, through, in part, the Soil Conservation Service (SCS) programs healed the dust bowl in time to feed WWII's victors, later the losers as well. Fly over "flyover country" and count the miles of windbreaks planted by the CCC boys just before they went off to save the world...

    •  I live in Wichita Kansas, right in the center (6+ / 0-)

      of flyover country.

      (Where we build many of the planes
      that fly over.)

      (Boeing fuselage factory,
      right here in Wichita,
      the composite fuselage,
      very lightweight,

      I've lived in Kansas most of my life;
      I know what type of trees were planted
      all over Kansas,
      to stop the terrible dust storms.

      They're called Osage Orange trees,
      hedge apple trees.

      I know what the wood looks like,
      inside the branches and trunks,
      and how it burns,
      since my father used to rent a chainsaw,
      and cut up firewood for our fireplace,
      from a farmer who had excess,
      in the sixties.

      I know about the hedge rows.

      I live in the middle of them.

      My main point is that
      when things were going crazy,
      with dust storms,
      and switching from horses to tractors,
      which did not happen till the sixties and seventies,
      someone should have said,
      is this sustainable?

      Famine in America by 2050: the post-peak oil American apocalypse.

      by bigjacbigjacbigjac on Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 04:23:36 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  I know (4+ / 0-)

        where you are from. We had a ranch 28 miles east oF Garden City on the 50 in the Arkansas, prison capital of Kansas.
        Hope your papa thanked the CCC boys, which included my daddy, RIP...

        •  My father was a salesman for many years. (4+ / 0-)

          If he would have met your father,
          and if your father had mentioned his work,
          planting those trees,
          my father would have expressed
          for your father's work.

          My father tried to show respect to everyone,
          to act friendly with everyone.

          He once explained,
          that's how you sell:
          your competitor has
          essentially the same product,
          at about the same price.

          you sell yourself.

          You convince your customers
          that you're a truly great guy.

          Then they buy from the great guy,
          not the other guy.

          I was in the hospital room when my father died.

          Thanks for the comments.

          Famine in America by 2050: the post-peak oil American apocalypse.

          by bigjacbigjacbigjac on Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 08:12:38 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

  •  That's some mighty fine writing... (3+ / 0-)

    My grandparents on my dads side were Scottish and they moved from edinburough to Toronto when my dad was a teen.  They both loved Shirley temple and I can recall watching Shirley temple movies with my grandmother.  Animal crackers in my soup and the good shop lollipop being two favorites...  

    Deserves it! I daresay he does. Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends. - Gandalf the Grey

    by No Exit on Wed Feb 12, 2014 at 10:02:44 AM PST

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