Dorothy Parker

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

Afternoon - Poem by Dorothy Parker

When I am old, and comforted,
And done with this desire,
With Memory to share my bed
And Peace to share my fire,

I'll comb my hair in scalloped bands
Beneath my laundered cap,
And watch my cool and fragile hands
Lie light upon my lap.

And I will have a sprigged gown
With lace to kiss my throat;
I'll draw my curtain to the town,
And hum a purring note.

And I'll forget the way of tears,
And rock, and stir my tea.
But oh, I wish those blessed years
Were further than they be!


Comments about Afternoon by Dorothy Parker

  • Sylvia Frances Chan (7/6/2018 12:19:00 AM)


    THREE: Great Congratulations for the family and offspring of the honorable Dorothy Parker. For the vote a myriad of 10's. This is truly a true POEM, serious and yet I am laughing sardonically in the end, because of her subtile humor. Genius! Thank you so much Poem Hunter Team to have chosen this as TCPOTD. (Report) Reply

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  • Sylvia Frances Chan (7/6/2018 12:09:00 AM)


    TWO: those blessed years Were further than they be! Loveliest, very touching and yet with a tint of irony, typical for the poetess, but so very uplifting to read and....I have read a truly CLASSIC and CLASSY Poem. Such an excellent choice of POEM HUNTER and TEAM to choose this mesmerizing poem as CLASSIC POEM OF THE DAY! (Report) Reply

  • Sylvia Frances Chan (7/6/2018 12:05:00 AM)


    ONE: Such a most beautiful poem about being old. This poem is truly unique! It starts immediately with the title AFTERNOON, this is meant metaphorically, afternoon and not morning, and such loveliest sweet end rhymes.
    As readers we KNOW that the poetess is not really old yet, just read the last stanza, I'll cite here: But oh, I wish
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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (7/5/2018 11:22:00 PM)


    And I'll forget the way of tears,
    And rock, and stir my tea.
    But oh, I wish those blessed years
    Were further than they be! .............so touching and amusing. A beautiful poem shared amazingly.
    (Report) Reply

  • (7/5/2018 10:06:00 PM)


    A wonderful poem, beautifully written. (Report) Reply

  • Abel Efemini (7/5/2018 8:52:00 AM)


    And l'll forget the way of tears, And rock, and stir my tea wow, it's lovely (Report) Reply

  • Adrian Flett (7/5/2018 8:36:00 AM)


    Wonderful rhyme and rhythm and a sense of slowing down and lamenting, 'I'll forget the way of tears' (Report) Reply

  • Glen Kappy (7/5/2018 7:32:00 AM)


    this makes me think of a poem i've yet to write—one where i present my view of longevity from my perspective as a young man. as an older man said to me when i was still just in my 50s, getting old ain't for sissies. parker does paint with her words a good picture for us. i particularly like, watch my cool and fragile hands lie light upon my lap. -gk (Report) Reply

  • Lungelo S Mbuyazi (7/5/2018 4:55:00 AM)


    A nice poem with realities of our lives shown... (Report) Reply

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  • (7/5/2018 3:46:00 AM)


    Now that's what you call a poem!
    Flowing and golden
    Reaching,
    Saying all it had to say
    Without your eyes closin'.
    (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (7/5/2018 2:26:00 AM)


    Such an amazing poem by Dorothy Parker👍👍👍 (Report) Reply

  • Mahtab Bangalee (7/5/2018 1:47:00 AM)


    beauty and graceful stanza-

    And I'll forget the way of tears,
    And rock, and stir my tea.
    But oh, I wish those blessed years
    Were further than they be!

    every forgetting way of tears are blessed for years..........
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  • Robert Murray Smith (7/5/2018 1:35:00 AM)


    A well penned write- - - - ++10 (Report) Reply

  • Petals Azureblue (7/5/2018 12:26:00 AM)


    Lovely poem about that age of grace.👍 (Report) Reply

  • (10/21/2014 2:39:00 PM)


    What a beautiful poem about aging and loss. I think Ms Parker must be every man's poet for I have yet to find any emotion she ever portrayed that did not match my own... (Report) Reply

  • (3/14/2014 7:50:00 PM)


    And I will have a sprigged gown
    With lace to kiss my throat;
    I'll draw my curtain to the town,
    And hum a purring note.
    (Report) Reply

  • Bhanu Padmo (8/15/2012 12:38:00 PM)


    simple, lucid and emotive. (Report) Reply

  • Cynthia Buhain-baello (12/29/2009 8:42:00 AM)


    Appropriate title, witty humor but weighty wisdom here. (Report) Reply

  • (9/28/2009 8:37:00 PM)


    You'll find this lovely poem is more meaningful when you've reached 85, as I have. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003



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