Dorothy Parker

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

"Star Light, Star Bright--"

Poem by Dorothy Parker

Star, that gives a gracious dole,
What am I to choose?
Oh, will it be a shriven soul,
Or little buckled shoes?

Shall I wish a wedding-ring,
Bright and thin and round,
Or plead you send me covering-
A newly spaded mound?

Gentle beam, shall I implore
Gold, or sailing-ships,
Or beg I hate forevermore
A pair of lying lips?

Swing you low or high away,
Burn you hot or dim;
My only wish I dare not say-
Lest you should grant me him.


Comments about "Star Light, Star Bright--" by Dorothy Parker

  • JoJo1 (3/1/2019 8:08:00 AM)

    Beautiful! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !(Report)Reply

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  • Pm???? (12/14/2018 11:17:00 AM)

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  • Precious (11/23/2018 11:49:00 AM)

    A very beautiful poem.I love ❤💗💓💌💖💕it.(Report)Reply

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  • Precious (11/23/2018 11:46:00 AM)

    This website is very helpful.I really hope you put more light and dark poems .(Report)Reply

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  • Saranga (7/12/2018 9:18:00 AM)

    Awesome I love it(Report)Reply

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  • hbobv (6/5/2018 6:04:00 AM)

    nicely written poem and a good use of words I like this poem who wrote A beautiful prayer, remaining timid and submissive, only with an intense wish...... Lest you should grant me him.... too good(Report)Reply

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  • Vaishnavi PandeyVaishnavi Pandey (3/17/2018 3:07:00 AM)

    nicely written poem and a good use of words(Report)Reply

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  • Anil maraj (11/14/2017 4:04:00 PM)

    I like this poem who wrote(Report)Reply

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  • Amitava SurAmitava Sur (11/19/2014 1:06:00 AM)

    A beautiful prayer, remaining timid and submissive, only with an intense wish ...... Lest you should grant me him. ... too good(Report)Reply

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  • Pranab K ChakrabortyPranab K Chakraborty (11/18/2014 11:08:00 PM)

    My only wish I dare not say-
    Lest you should grant me him.....

    Brilliant expression to expose the obsessive heart. Enjoyed.(Report)Reply

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  • John Richter (11/18/2014 12:31:00 PM)

    Sounds like Dorothy knew what she wanted - but was at the same time fearful that she would be granted him. Perhaps it had something to do with the mention of a liar.... Miss Parker was an absolute pistol!(Report)Reply

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  • Kay Staley (11/18/2014 9:55:00 AM)

    The end is interesting. I am glad that wishing on a star does not work. What would life be without a little bit of sorrow; a little bit of working for what we want? A little bit of waiting and a little bit of anticipation for the things to come whether they are good or bad.(Report)Reply

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  • Colonel Muhamad Khalid KhanColonel Muhamad Khalid Khan (11/18/2014 3:10:00 AM)

    Swing you low or high away,
    Burn you hot or dim;
    My only wish I dare not say-
    Lest you should grant me him
    An excellent poem on love which makes love eternal and supreme I enjoyed it.
    Col Muhammad Khalid khan(Report)Reply

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  • Aftab Alam KhursheedAftab Alam Khursheed (11/18/2014 1:08:00 AM)

    Brook flow-singing birds nice poem(Report)Reply

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  • Anna BouknaAnna Boukna (3/27/2014 12:30:00 PM)

    Great poem! It totally flows beautifully(Report)Reply

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  • * Sunprincess * (11/12/2013 2:58:00 PM)

    I think I would wish for the gold and sailing ships...
    definitely not the pair of lying lips :)(Report)Reply

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  • Patricia GranthamPatricia Grantham (1/9/2013 5:54:00 AM)

    What a delicious poem! Oh so childlike but again a master of knowing what you want! How gracious.
    Very good poem(Report)Reply

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  • Cynthia Buhain-baelloCynthia Buhain-baello (6/29/2009 5:52:00 AM)

    Great engaging style! Straight easy-to-read and definitely and enjoyable poem.
    Dorothy Parker's style is no frills style and she writes simply without prolixity and she does not make the reader try to find his way out of a literary maze of words. Real poetry!(Report)Reply

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  • Alissa Murphy (2/8/2009 8:40:00 PM)

    I think she realizes that whatever her wish might be-love, fortune, passion, convention-there would be a sacrafice and a disappointment; nonetheless, her heart harbors a wish...a 'him.'(Report)Reply

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  • Kevin StrawKevin Straw (12/27/2008 7:38:00 AM)

    I'm not sure if DP is saying she'll not chose a man who wants to 'tame' her, or all men will try to do so, so she will chose none. Either way she is at her acidic best in this poem. Even the slightly old-fashioned tone adds bite.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003



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