Treasure Island

Dorothy Parker

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

The Lady's Reward


Lady, lady, never start
Conversation toward your heart;
Keep your pretty words serene;
Never murmur what you mean.
Show yourself, by word and look,
Swift and shallow as a brook.
Be as cool and quick to go
As a drop of April snow;
Be as delicate and gay
As a cherry flower in May.
Lady, lady, never speak
Of the tears that burn your cheek-
She will never win him, whose
Words had shown she feared to lose.
Be you wise and never sad,
You will get your lovely lad.
Never serious be, nor true,
And your wish will come to you-
And if that makes you happy, kid,
You'll be the first it ever did.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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  • Ariel Diaz (11/19/2009 9:51:00 PM)

    I absolutely LOVE this poem. I'm not normally a poetry type of girl but I stumbled across this one and i read through it. While I was reading it, I felt quite a bit of anger (which I did not expect, although I'm sure thats the reaction Dorothy Parker wanted; ]) and then I fell in love with it at the end. Really, the last two lines are amazing, even more so since I actually reacted to it. (Report) Reply

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