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Rating: 3.8

Razors pain you;
Rivers are damp;
Acids stain you;
And drugs cause cramp.
Guns aren't lawful;
Nooses give;
Gas smells awful;
You might as well live.

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Amanda Del Sontro 04 January 2008

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.

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Kevin Straw 13 October 2012

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.

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Kayla Mason 28 October 2008

I love this poem... it introduces a whole new twist on suicide!

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Kyle Shield Laster 26 June 2008

my favorite poem... ever.

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Paul Pedant 20 February 2018

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.

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Genevieve 27 September 2018

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...

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Omolade Adeniyi 08 September 2017

Remember reading this in high school and so began my love for Dorothy Parker. Would've loved to meet her.

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Darlene Walsh 13 October 2014

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.

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Aftab Alam Khursheed 13 October 2014

We have to breathe till allowed to breath lovely love the poem

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John Richter 13 October 2014

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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