Razors pain you;
Rivers are damp;
Acids stain you;
And drugs cause cramp.
Guns aren't lawful;
Gas smells awful;
You might as well live.
This poem is... Well, sadly hilarious. Suicide is an escape, but this questions if it is worth the time and effort. It's a nice little poke at the real thought it takes to force death.
Parker is one of those rare poets to whom one comes expecting perfection - and this poem is perfection. It is the quintessence of laconic New Yorkese which might be far more effective in dissuading suicides than the priest.
I love this poem... it introduces a whole new twist on suicide!
my favorite poem...
You can't understand the poem until you read about her life. Mother died at 5, father abused her, hated stepmother (who died when she was 9) . Divorced, pregnant, aborted, first suicide attempt. Fired from Vanity Fair for criticism of VIPs. Blacklisted by Hollywood for communist views, married and divorced (twice) to a bisexual adulterer, long-term alcoholic, Even after she died, her ashes lay in a filing cabinet for 17 years because nobody cared.
Are you serious about the filing cabinet? Do you know where the ashes are now?
She has long been my favorite poet, I knew of her tragic life but never all this. How awful! That's just...I don't have words for how disturbing your post is...
Remember reading this in high school and so began my love for Dorothy Parker. Would've loved to meet her.
Yes, you might as well live. Suicide is never painless, even if you find a way to feel no pain yourself, you leave pain behind you in those still alive.
We have to breathe till allowed to breath lovely love the poem
Miss Parker's wit and humor are some of my favorites, and this is no exception. Everything kills us, so live in spite of it!
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