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Dorothy Parker

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

Fulfillment


For this my mother wrapped me warm,
And called me home against the storm,
And coaxed my infant nights to quiet,
And gave me roughage in my diet,
And tucked me in my bed at eight,
And clipped my hair, and marked my weight,
And watched me as I sat and stood:
That I might grow to womanhood
To hear a whistle and drop my wits
And break my heart to clattering bits.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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