Dorothy Parker

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

Anecdote - Poem by Dorothy Parker

So silent I when Love was by
He yawned, and turned away;
But Sorrow clings to my apron-strings,
I have so much to say.


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  • Ursula Jacobs (3/25/2018 10:07:00 PM)


    All I know is that this poem speaks to me in a personal way. I can be so fuddle mouthed, awkward, stumbling over words. Lost in day dreams my husband has to pull me out of. Ah but let that pain come walking by and I can't stop writing, thinking, wanting to talk it out, write it out.... It reminds me of Love is so short, forgetting is so long. Joy feels so brief but when I am blue, down, negative, cynical...it feels like I have always been that way and always will be (Report) Reply

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  • (8/30/2012 6:10:00 AM)


    There's a poem expressing a similar feeling. A famous Chinese poet named Su Dong Po (also named Su Shi) wrote it in 1095. Here it is (I translate it into English; If you can read Chinese, make sure you read the Chinese version cause it's way much better^_^) :

    A Butterfly in Love with a Flower

    It is the time of the year

    When red petals drift away

    While apricots are still small and not sweet

    Most willow catkins have been blown away

    Yet everywhere the green grass can be seen

    Quietly a stream flows through the village

    And a pair of swallows forms a lovely scene


    Outside a wall of a house

    A man walks by

    Inside the wall

    A fair lady can be heard laughing on a swing

    The girl laughs

    The man listens

    Till the laughter inside the wall finally fades away

    The man utters a sigh

    The poet remarks

    Love irritates and the enchanted people can only sigh
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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003



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