Dorothy Parker

(22 August 1893 - 7 June 1967 / Long Branch / New Jersey)

Frustration - Poem by Dorothy Parker

If I had a shiny gun,
I could have a world of fun
Speeding bullets through the brains
Of the folk who give me pains;

Or had I some poison gas,
I could make the moments pass
Bumping off a number of
People whom I do not love.

But I have no lethal weapon-
Thus does Fate our pleasure step on!
So they still are quick and well
Who should be, by rights, in hell.


Comments about Frustration by Dorothy Parker

  • Partha Pratim Goswami (8/22/2016 10:59:00 PM)


    Very precise demonstration of 'frustration' The analogy of war weapons is also accurate (Report) Reply

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  • (8/22/2016 5:16:00 PM)


    a very beaviful piece. I like the poetic quality. (Report) Reply

  • Sister Frances (8/22/2016 12:48:00 PM)


    Thanks for sharing, I'd like to take a turn with that shiny gun. (Report) Reply

  • Loppo Louie (8/22/2016 8:45:00 AM)


    A very good poem Dorthy. (Report) Reply

  • Pranab K Chakraborty (8/22/2016 8:24:00 AM)


    Anger exposed quiet freely by rhythmic gallop. (Report) Reply

  • (8/22/2016 7:26:00 AM)


    Frustration vented out in funny way. Loved the humor in the whole episode. Thanks for sharing it here. (Report) Reply

  • Barry Middleton (8/22/2016 7:12:00 AM)


    Love it! I have always said the best thing about writing fiction is that you can kill people without going to jail. I guess that's true with poetry too - why not. LOL (Report) Reply

  • Gary Liles (8/22/2016 5:41:00 AM)


    Great display of humour, enjoyed the theme too. ☺😊😀 (Report) Reply

  • (8/22/2016 5:01:00 AM)


    Ah, the lovely Dorothy Parker. Great critic and not a bad poet too.Have her complete works. A box of sparkling jewels. Love this poem (Report) Reply

  • (8/22/2016 4:39:00 AM)


    Dorothy Parker has vented the frustration in a superb way. Her wits are great! (Report) Reply

  • Geeta Radhakrishna Menon (8/22/2016 3:22:00 AM)


    I really loved this poem for the honesty it portrays.
    Sometimes, in life, we feel so frustrated that we develop
    violent emotions - like taking a gun to shoot.
    But Dorothy Parker through her poem has made it more a fun poem
    with humour than hatred or violence.
    Though the bad ones rightly should be in hell as the poet says,
    yet, they are all lurking around in this world.
    (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (8/22/2016 1:44:00 AM)


    The problems of life! ! We need peace than war. No matter what comes our way. Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Soul Watcher (8/22/2016 1:29:00 AM)


    I like her writings thanks for sharing (Report) Reply

  • (8/22/2016 12:14:00 AM)


    Morbid but funny. I've always loved Dorothy Parker's wit. (Report) Reply

  • (8/20/2009 1:18:00 AM)


    haha love it, its so true, too. if only it was legal to kill...
    007, license to kil: P
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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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