Dorothy Parker

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

I Shall Come Back - Poem by Dorothy Parker

I shall come back without fanfaronade
Of wailing wind and graveyard panoply;
But, trembling, slip from cool Eternity-
A mild and most bewildered little shade.
I shall not make sepulchral midnight raid,
But softly come where I had longed to be
In April twilight's unsung melody,
And I, not you, shall be the one afraid.

Strange, that from lovely dreamings of the dead
I shall come back to you, who hurt me most.
You may not feel my hand upon your head,
I'll be so new and inexpert a ghost.
Perhaps you will not know that I am near-
And that will break my ghostly heart, my dear.


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  • (4/11/2018 5:01:00 PM)


    If you've been through the experience, /9not of being a ghost,) you'll understand.. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003



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