Dorothy Parker

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

The Dark Girl's Rhyme

Poem by Dorothy Parker

Who was there had seen us
Wouldn't bid him run?
Heavy lay between us
All our sires had done.

There he was, a-springing
Of a pious race,
Setting hags a-swinging
In a market-place;

Sowing turnips over
Where the poppies lay;
Looking past the clover,
Adding up the hay;

Shouting through the Spring song,
Clumping down the sod;
Toadying, in sing-song,
To a crabbed god.

There I was, that came of
Folk of mud and name-
I that had my name of
Them without a name.

Up and down a mountain
Streeled my silly stock;
Passing by a fountain,
Wringing at a rock;

Devil-gotten sinners,
Throwing back their heads,
Fiddling for their dinners,
Kissing for their beds.

Not a one had seen us
Wouldn't help him flee.
Angry ran between us
Blood of him and me.

How shall I be mating
Who have looked above-
Living for a hating,
Dying of a love?


Comments about The Dark Girl's Rhyme by Dorothy Parker

  • Marisa Samuels (10/1/2006 1:26:00 PM)

    You have a typo. It's 'folk of mud and flame', not 'folk of mud and name.'(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003



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