Biography of Don Marquis
Donald Robert Perry Marquis (July 28, 1878, in Walnut, Illinois – June 16, 1937, in New York City) was a humorist, journalist, and author. He was variously a novelist, poet, newspaper columnist, and playwright. He is remembered best for creating the characters "Archy" and "Mehitabel", supposed authors of humorous verse.
Don Marquis Poems
At midnight in the alley A Tom-cat comes to wail, And he chants the hate of a million years
The Old Trouper
Mehitabeli ran onto mehitabel again last evening she is inhabiting
Pete the parrot and shakespeare
I got acquainted with a parrot named pete recently who is an interesting bird
The Fairy and the Firefly
One night I saw a battle between a firefly and a fairy.
At midnight in the alley
A Tom-cat comes to wail,
And he chants the hate of a million years
As he swings his snaky tail.
Malevolent, bony, brindled
Tiger and devil and bard,
His eyes are coals from the middle of Hell
And his heart is black and hard.