Mark R. Elias


The Ballade of Dorothy Parker


Lady of pathos dipped in wit,
Many your claims of hearts in two.
Wrote you, ‘Romance - I'm done with it';
While on your lip, ‘How thrilling the woo! '
Long was your night of love's adieu;
Well you endured the thief his kiss.
You took the dark and painted it blue.
Dorothy Parker, bless you for this.

Nothing so easy as ‘Love is shit, '
Ever your pen on paper drew.
Hearts but deceive us, till they quit.
Such a sad wisdom well you knew:
Many a lad turned you to goo
Once he became the lad to miss.
Loving and leaving kept you true.
Dorothy Parker, bless you for this.

New York was then the place to flit;
You made it fun for women too -
Wearing your hat, doing your bit,
Making a name of the table and crew.
And of the things you knew to do,
Wrapping a purr around a hiss
Turned many readers on to you.
Dorothy Parker, bless you for this.

Prince, in my teens u got me through.
'The Ballad of Dorothy Parker' is
Why I adore her; and your, ‘Who-
‘s Dorothy Parker? ' - bless you for this.

Submitted: Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Edited: Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Topic of this poem: inspiration


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