Re-making The Acquaintance Of Gene Tierney


In the captured shadow shows of an idealized dream, Lord Byron’s words come to mind:  “She walks in beauty, like the night.”

Dick Seigel


Fog drifts along the shore; and traces of it

resembling a ruffled sleeve

or skirt hem skimming the tide

suggests a woman’s presence.


Low in the sky, the moon looks

at a cottage once owned

by a sea captain


and the wind seems to ask

rifling through  leaves

and bird  feathers left

on its window ledge,

              Mrs. Muir, is that you?



In a house, candles stutter ( grievously)

on each side of a woman’s portrait

as if hesitant

to mention her name

when the room knows

she may be permanently gone

or missing.


Bodiced in black velvet

with her face frozen

in seductive grace, she haunts the detective

who stares at her features.


He lights a cigarette and  smoke mingles

with the scent of  flowers on the mantle.

The vase reminds him


of an amphora  — but outside, it’s raining

and  pine breathes pungently

through the shutters. He hears the sound

of high heels on cobblestone

and reaches for the door. His voice soft —

             Laura, is that you?



At a bistro table, a woman sits inhaling

the warmth  of coffee and croissants. Signing

a photo of  herself,  she smiles at no one or everyone

passing by. Everything about her

seems ageless, luminous as the photo.


She doesn’t consume the beverage

or buttered  bread – but continually waits

for someone to remember, to ask.

Her signature filigreed

like the rim of a cemetery gate —  And I whisper

          Gene, is that you?

          Really you?


Note-  I have often been a fan of the glamorous actress  and her classic movies including the haunting film,  “The Ghost And Mrs.Muir”,  The mystery drama, Laura” about a missing woman and a man obsessed with her portrait and others. This poem focuses on her presence through past movie scenes and  her spectral presence at a charming bistro.



  1. Dear Sarah and Michael

    Thank you both so much for replying to this poem and sharing your perspectives! I so deeply appreciate your thoughtfulness and continual interest in my work. Ir means a great deal to me personally!!

    Many thanks,
    take care and stay safe,


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