Dorothy Parker

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

A Dream Lies Dead

Poem by Dorothy Parker

A dream lies dead here. May you softly go
Before this place, and turn away your eyes,
Nor seek to know the look of that which dies
Importuning Life for life. Walk not in woe,
But, for a little, let your step be slow.
And, of your mercy, be not sweetly wise
With words of hope and Spring and tenderer skies.
A dream lies dead; and this all mourners know:

Whenever one drifted petal leaves the tree-
Though white of bloom as it had been before
And proudly waitful of fecundity-
One little loveliness can be no more;
And so must Beauty bow her imperfect head
Because a dream has joined the wistful dead!


Comments about A Dream Lies Dead by Dorothy Parker

  • Shaun CronickShaun Cronick (6/29/2020 3:56:00 PM)

    A brilliant poem about a thing of beauty that helps bring balance to the world.
    Then the tragic death of this dream reflects the imperfectness as well as reducing the beauty that exists in this world.(Report)Reply

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  • Davis gloff (12/9/2019 2:45:00 PM)

    A lovely petrarchan sonnet... It started me getting teary eyed...(Report)Reply

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  • Ruta MohapatraRuta Mohapatra (6/30/2018 6:53:00 AM)

    A powerful poem! Thanks for sharing!(Report)Reply

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  • Billy (6/21/2018 7:57:00 PM)

    This website is garbage with the loud ads you(Report)Reply

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  • Nelson (11/22/2017 7:42:00 PM)

    I love this(Report)Reply

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  • Bisy Untan (11/10/2017 9:50:00 AM)

    I bow before your poetic craft.(Report)Reply

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  • Bisy Untan (11/10/2017 9:49:00 AM)

    The personification of dream! ! I liked it very much. Congratulations poet.(Report)Reply

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  • M Asim NehalM Asim Nehal (1/16/2017 11:25:00 AM)

    I really liked it it seems to me the extention of Dream by L. Huges.(Report)Reply

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  • Warren Jones (11/14/2014 9:36:00 PM)

    I assume that this is being read by a robot. Is that right?(Report)Reply

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  • Sokal RoySokal Roy (11/9/2011 7:50:00 AM)

    my choice
    so nice so inspirational poem..(Report)Reply

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  • Cynthia Buhain-baelloCynthia Buhain-baello (12/29/2009 8:36:00 AM)

    Lovely, excellent choice of words and effective use of punctuation.(Report)Reply

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  • Lindbergh HughesLindbergh Hughes (12/13/2009 6:06:00 AM)

    Dorothy is simply brilliant! !(Report)Reply

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  • Malini KadirMalini Kadir (5/23/2009 7:51:00 AM)

    heart warming write! helps to read when hope is dead.... and dreams a million miles away! very aptly put! last two lines were very good!(Report)Reply

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  • Zaarah JasminZaarah Jasmin (3/21/2009 4:57:00 PM)

    dreams are planned, reality is just exsicutive the planned.. to dream is reality, and for dream to becomes reality is what we always dream. Very inspirational poem..(Report)Reply

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  • Yekaterina Bezpalaya (12/24/2008 10:31:00 AM)

    It is a cheerful sort of sorrow. The kind when you are sad but you know there will be brighter skies ahead and you take that and you walk forward.

    Heartfelt: ](Report)Reply

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  • John Michener (8/30/2008 9:43:00 AM)

    This poem reveals one side of DP's character: her ineffable sadness. No machete-like wit. I like this poema lot.(Report)Reply

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  • Li Away (3/31/2008 9:58:00 AM)

    ' one little loveliness can be no more' = a dream

    Dorothy as always have been the image of the beautiful truth(Report)Reply

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  • George Sicillia (3/17/2008 11:22:00 PM)

    Wow.. wow.. wow... this is a very very touchy poem. Pretty sadness.
    Ge'(Report)Reply

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  • Gombar Annamaria (12/26/2007 10:07:00 AM)

    How true...and how sad. No beauty can be as perfect as a dream we never see come true. Wonderful poem.(Report)Reply

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  • Lewis Colyar (5/10/2007 7:43:00 AM)

    I thought it answers Langston Hughes 'Dream Deferred' this is a great piece
    of work.
    Langston Hughes Poetry of Pittsburgh(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003