Subject: Gone With the Win
From: Christopher W. Thomas (poetlaureate@poetic.com)
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Date: Wed June 30, 1999 at 10:23PM

Gone with the Win


On this day in nineteen hundred thirty-six
Margaret Mitchell published her winning trick
The novel would win her much acclaim
Gone with the Wind attained greater fame ...

After it was made into a film just three short years later
Starring Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara
With Leslie Howard as Ashley, the not-quite fiance
And Thomas Mitchell, as Scarlett's father, played ...

A wonderful love story set against the Civil War ...
So it exists on two levels to keep from being a bore
On the one - the romance just ebbs and flows ...
And on the other ... the clash of Grey and Blue bestows ...

A certain ring of truth ... creating great believability
A novel which deserved its honor, and achieved it free
... Of the slights afforded the follow-up book recently
Which attempted to recreate the earlier work innocently

Some say it did, but others put it down
Maybe they were just jealous of the crown
Which the more recent author had placed on her head
When she attempted to match Margaret Mitchell's threads

- Tristram

Christopher W. Thomas
8:50pm Wed. June 30th, 1999