poet Dorothy Parker

Dorothy Parker

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A Fairly Sad Tale

I think that I shall never know
Why I am thus, and I am so.
Around me, other girls inspire
In men the rush and roar of fire,
The sweet transparency of glass,
The tenderness of April grass,
The durability of granite;
But me- I don't know how to plan it.
The lads I've met in Cupid's deadlock
Were- shall we say?- born out of wedlock.
They broke my heart, they stilled my song,
And said they had to run along,
Explaining, so to sop my tears,
First came their parents or careers.
But ever does experience
Deny me wisdom, calm, and sense!
Though she's a fool who seeks to capture
The twenty-first fine, careless rapture,
I must go on, till ends my rope,
Who from my birth was cursed with hope.
A heart in half is chaste, archaic;
But mine resembles a mosaic-
The thing's become ridiculous!
Why am I so? Why am I thus?

Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

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  • L Milton HankinsL Milton Hankins (9/15/2020 10:49:00 AM)

    This is one of my favorites, although anything by Dorothy Parker is worth the read! Her quick wit and sharp humor are always welcome.

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  • Shaun CronickShaun Cronick (6/29/2020 4:25:00 PM)

    A poem about the sad lament of a poetess let down by love and who wonders why she is different from others.
    A poem to end despondently by signifying hoe hard life can be for those who unable to conform to a so called society.
    A brilliant yet tragic poem drawn from Dorothy Parkers life.

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  • Adeeb AlfatehAdeeb Alfateh (6/24/2019 3:58:00 AM)

    born out of wedlock.
    They broke my heart, they stilled my song,
    And said they had to run along,
    Explaining, so to sop my tears,
    First came their parents or careers.

    great write 10++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++x10

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  • Beena Antony (6/1/2019 4:17:00 AM)

    Words from ur heart....I love sad poems

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  • wadded (4/15/2019 1:58:00 PM)

    this is awful no lie

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  • Shini (10/10/2018 4:10:00 AM)

    Another beautiful poetry I have read today ❤

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  • Klasy (4/5/2018 9:52:00 AM)

    thus is cute it made me cry..

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  • Sam SmithSam Smith (1/30/2018 10:44:00 AM)

    Such a hopeful person.

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  • Latoya moledi (1/20/2018 4:22:00 PM)

    WOW i really love this poem

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  • Frank AdieFrank Adie (1/7/2018 12:22:00 PM)

    Great insight! Touching, educative and highly rhythmic. I like it.

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  • Philip Morgan (1/2/2018 4:53:00 AM)

    A poem raw from the heart

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  • Nelson Musonga (11/22/2017 7:48:00 PM)

    Huh,this has reminded me of memories of my childhood-well thought out

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  • 23/5 Four (5/5/2017 8:01:00 AM)

    really loved this one

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  • Tapan M. SarenTapan M. Saren (4/17/2017 4:34:00 AM)

    Beauteous poem.......

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  • Kat AnomymousKat Anomymous (3/4/2017 5:41:00 AM)

    The rhyme scheme is good and and it seems well thought out. The meaning is easy to see. Thank you for sharing.

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  • Samuel Segun ToluwalaseSamuel Segun Toluwalase (2/17/2017 9:17:00 AM)

    I am honestly and deeply touched. That was the reality of my life when i was a young child

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  • Herr Ibis (8/23/2009 12:11:00 AM)

    Dorothy Parker wrote with superlative wit.
    In her poetry and prose alike.
    Her ironic turn of phrase doesn't cease to smile out at us from a cheeky sideways gaze.
    Notwithstanding the earnest gravity in her questions (Why? and why?) , her regard holds fast to its humor (neither pallid nor pink) . An onerous thought in an onerous world lives cheek by jowl with laughter; unblanched and effervescent....... Er possibly that of the damned.
    But damned she is a pleasure.
    What succor, moreover, to return once and then to a modernist poet that can rhyme in verse without, all the while, being carried where the RHYME wants to go!
    Tonight I drink to Dorothy

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