Poetic Thursday: Donnie, The Marble Champ

Wow, the weeks just seem to fly by. It’s Thursday again, and time for more poetry with Pam, Teddy and Angel Sammy at Two Spoiled Cats.

Isn’t this a fun picture?

Here’s my poem:

Donnie, The Marble Champ*

Well, that’s the most fun I’ve ever had.
You look upset, boys, don’t be mad.

Marbles isn’t just a sport for you guys;
girls can win, too, so don’t be surprised.

I’d teach you the secrets of my success,
but I think I’d rather just let you guess.

I won the game, and yes, I’m a girl,
and in a few years, I’ll be  rocking your world.

Let’s play again tomorrow: plan your attack.
Maybe then you can win all your marbles back.

As I usually do with the poetry photos, I did a little research on this one. It is, of  course, a Norman Rockwell painting, titled “The Marble Champion”.  It was published on September 2, 1939, one of 322 Saturday Evening Post covers. The young man in the red cap is Rockwell’s eldest son, Jarvis.

*I named the champion in my poem for my ginger-haired friend, Donna. Her family nickname is Donnie.

~These Days Of Mine~


10 responses to “Poetic Thursday: Donnie, The Marble Champ

  1. I have lots of memories of playing marbles – mostly with my brother but also with my friends most of whom were girls! I loved the beautiful colors of marbles and collected them. I also enjoyed this photo when I found it – HER bag of marbles is full of winnings and both of the boys have empty bags. Gave me a chuckle – AND the expressions on all the faces. Rockwell was a master of EVERYTHING. One of my favorite artists of all time. Loved your poem and I’m glad you are a member of the Thursday Poetry Club!


  2. Perfect! I love your poetry!

  3. I love your poem and it goes perfectly with Rockwell’s painting

  4. LOVE, LOVE your poem. I’ve always been a fan of Norman Rockwell paintings. Today’s Poetic Thursday was a win, win, win!!!

  5. Your poetry skills really shine on this one!! The humor is so sweet and perfect for the era.The Norman Rockwell choice of subject matter was sweet.

    (I had not seen before)
    Thank you for the dedication!! I am honored!
    Have a good weekend my friend.

  6. Marilyn Myers

    Great poem!! I totally agree that this pic could definitely be Donna! And I love the fact that your mom’s name was Donnie too. I never knew that Donna’s family nickname is Donnie, but that so special since you two are such good friends and that was your mom’s name!!♥

  7. Great poem and an interesting backstory.

  8. That one was clever! I’ve always enjoyed Norman Rockwell’s art and your poem made it come alive. I have to confess that while I had marbles when I was a kid, I actually never played a game of marbles!

  9. A very slick poem .. & I always love spotting a Rockwell from across the room – such a unique style .. to be honest, it looks like she’s already rocking their worlds ! I also think you chose a great name for your marble champ ; )

  10. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    P E R F E C T !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Donna is a awesome subject for this picture. Love it!!

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