Dorothy Parker
A Dream Lies Dead by Dorothy Parker

A Dream Lies Dead by Dorothy Parker

A dream lies dead here. May you softly go Before this place, and turn away your eyes, Nor seek to know the look of that which dies Importuning Life for life. Walk not in woe, But, ...

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A Very Short Song by Dorothy Parker

A Very Short Song by Dorothy Parker

Once, when I was young and true, Someone left me sad-Broke my brittle heart in two; And that is very bad.Love is for unlucky folk, Love is but a curse.Once there was a heart I ...

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Alfred, Lord Tennyson by Dorothy Parker

Alfred, Lord Tennyson by Dorothy Parker

Should Heaven send me any son,I hope he's not like Tennyson.I'd rather have him play a fiddleThan rise and bow and speak an idyll.

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For An Unknown Lady by Dorothy Parker

For An Unknown Lady by Dorothy Parker

Lady, if you'd slumber sound,Keep your eyes upon the ground.If you'd toss and turn at night,Slip your glances left and right.Would the mornings find you gay,Never give your heart ...

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Autumn Valentine by Dorothy Parker

Autumn Valentine by Dorothy Parker

In May my heart was breaking- Oh, wide the wound, and deep!And bitter it beat at waking, And sore it split in sleep.And when it came November, I sought my heart, and ...

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Indian Summer by Dorothy Parker

Indian Summer by Dorothy Parker

In youth, it was a way I had To do my best to please,And change, with every passing lad, To suit his theories.But now I know the things I know, And do the things I do;And if ...

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Coda by Dorothy Parker

Coda by Dorothy Parker

There's little in taking or giving, There's little in water or wine;This living, this living, this living Was never a project of mine.Oh, hard is the struggle, and sparse is ...

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A Fairly Sad Tale by Dorothy Parker

A Fairly Sad Tale by Dorothy Parker

I think that I shall never knowWhy I am thus, and I am so.Around me, other girls inspireIn men the rush and roar of fire,The sweet transparency of glass,The tenderness of April ...

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Frustration by Dorothy Parker

Frustration by Dorothy Parker

If I had a shiny gun,I could have a world of funSpeeding bullets through the brainsOf the folk who give me pains;Or had I some poison gas,I could make the moments passBumping off ...

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One Perfect Rose by Dorothy Parker

One Perfect Rose by Dorothy Parker

A single flow'r he sent me, since we met.All tenderly his messenger he chose;Deep-hearted, pure, with scented dew still wet -One perfect rose.I knew the language of the ...

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Ballade Of A Great Weariness by Dorothy Parker

Ballade Of A Great Weariness by Dorothy Parker

There's little to have but the things I had,There's little to bear but the things I bore.There's nothing to carry and naught to add,And glory to Heaven, I paid the score.There's ...

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A Certain Lady by Dorothy Parker

A Certain Lady by Dorothy Parker

Oh, I can smile for you, and tilt my head, And drink your rushing words with eager lips, And paint my mouth for you a fragrant red, And trace your brows with tutored finger-tips. ...

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Resume by Dorothy Parker

Resume by Dorothy Parker

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.

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Afternoon by Dorothy Parker

Afternoon by Dorothy Parker

When I am old, and comforted, And done with this desire,With Memory to share my bed And Peace to share my fire,I'll comb my hair in scalloped bands Beneath my laundered cap,And ...

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But Not Forgotten by Dorothy Parker

But Not Forgotten by Dorothy Parker

I think, no matter where you stray,That I shall go with you a way.Though you may wander sweeter lands,You will not soon forget my hands,Nor yet the way I held my head,Nor all the ...

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“Star Light, Star Bright–” by Dorothy Parker

“Star Light, Star Bright–” 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 ...

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Epitaph by Dorothy Parker

Epitaph by Dorothy Parker

The first time I died, I walked my ways;I followed the file of limping days.I held me tall, with my head flung up,But I dared not look on the new moon's cup.I dared not look on ...

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The Trusting Heart by Dorothy Parker

The Trusting Heart by Dorothy Parker

Oh, I'd been better dying,Oh, I was slow and sad;A fool I was, a-cryingAbout a cruel lad!But there was one that found me,That wept to see me weep,And had his arm around me,And ...

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Dilemma by Dorothy Parker

Dilemma by Dorothy Parker

If I were mild, and I were sweet,And laid my heart before your feet,And took my dearest thoughts to you,And hailed your easy lies as true;Were I to murmur "Yes," and then"How ...

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Cherry White by Dorothy Parker

Cherry White by Dorothy Parker

I never see that prettiest thing-A cherry bough gone white with Spring-But what I think, "How gay 'twould beTo hang me from a flowering tree."

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Light Of Love by Dorothy Parker

Light Of Love by Dorothy Parker

Joy stayed with me a night --Young and free and fair --And in the morning lightHe left me there.Then Sorrow came to stay,And lay upon my breastHe walked with me in the day.And ...

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Ballade Of Unfortunate Mammals by Dorothy Parker

Ballade Of Unfortunate Mammals by Dorothy Parker

Love is sharper than stones or sticks;Lone as the sea, and deeper blue;Loud in the night as a clock that ticks;Longer-lived than the Wandering Jew.Show me a love was done and ...

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Ballade At Thirty-Five by Dorothy Parker

Ballade At Thirty-Five by Dorothy Parker

This, no song of an ingenue, This, no ballad of innocence; This, the rhyme of a lady who Followed ever her natural bents. This, a solo of sapience, This, a chantey of sophistry, ...

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Distance by Dorothy Parker

Distance by Dorothy Parker

Were you to cross the world, my dear, To work or love or fight,I could be calm and wistful here, And close my eyes at night.It were a sweet and gallant pain To be a sea ...

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Fair Weather by Dorothy Parker

Fair Weather by Dorothy Parker

This level reach of blue is not my sea;Here are sweet waters, pretty in the sun,Whose quiet ripples meet obedientlyA marked and measured line, one after one.This is no sea of ...

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Anecdote by Dorothy Parker

Anecdote by Dorothy Parker

So silent I when Love was byHe yawned, and turned away;But Sorrow clings to my apron-strings,I have so much to say.

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A Portrait by Dorothy Parker

A Portrait by Dorothy Parker

Because my love is quick to come and go-A little here, and then a little there-What use are any words of mine to swearMy heart is stubborn, and my spirit slowOf weathering the ...

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Bohemia by Dorothy Parker

Bohemia by Dorothy Parker

Authors and actors and artists and suchNever know nothing, and never know much.Sculptors and singers and those of their kidneyTell their affairs from Seattle to Sydney.Playwrights ...

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Penelope by Dorothy Parker

Penelope by Dorothy Parker

In the pathway of the sun, In the footsteps of the breeze,Where the world and sky are one, He shall ride the silver seas, He shall cut the glittering wave.I shall sit at ...

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A Well-Worn Story by Dorothy Parker

A Well-Worn Story by Dorothy Parker

In April, in April,My one love came along,And I ran the slope of my high hillTo follow a thread of song.His eyes were hard as porphyryWith looking on cruel lands;His voice went ...

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Ballade Of A Talked-Off Ear by Dorothy Parker

Ballade Of A Talked-Off Ear by Dorothy Parker

Daily I listen to wonder and woe,Nightly I hearken to knave or to ace,Telling me stories of lava and snow,Delicate fables of ribbon and lace,Tales of the quarry, the kill, the ...

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Men by Dorothy Parker

Men by Dorothy Parker

They hail you as their morning starBecause you are the way you are.If you return the sentiment,They'll try to make you different;And once they have you, safe and sound,They want ...

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Experience by Dorothy Parker

Experience by Dorothy Parker

Some men break your heart in two, Some men fawn and flatter,Some men never look at you; And that cleans up the matter.

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A Pig’s-Eye View Of Literature by Dorothy Parker

A Pig’s-Eye View Of Literature by Dorothy Parker

The Lives and Times of John Keats, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and George Gordon Noel, Lord Byron Byron and Shelley and Keats Were a trio of Lyrical treats.The forehead of Shelley ...

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Love Song by Dorothy Parker

Love Song by Dorothy Parker

My own dear love, he is strong and bold And he cares not what comes after. His words ring sweet as a chime of gold, And his eyes are lit with laughter. He is jubilant as a flag ...

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Unfortunate Coincidence by Dorothy Parker

Unfortunate Coincidence by Dorothy Parker

By the time you swear you're his,Shivering and sighing,And he vows his passion isInfinite, undying -Lady, make a note of this:One of you is lying.

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Chant For Dark Hours by Dorothy Parker

Chant For Dark Hours by Dorothy Parker

Some men, some menCannot pass aBook shop.(Lady, make your mind up, and wait your life away.)Some men, some menCannot pass aCrap game.(He said he'd come at moonrise, and here's ...

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Somebody’s Song by Dorothy Parker

Somebody’s Song by Dorothy Parker

This is what I vow;He shall have my heart to keep,Sweetly will we stir and sleep, All the years, as now.Swift the measured sands may run;Love like this is never done;He and I ...

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Symptom Recital by Dorothy Parker

Symptom Recital by Dorothy Parker

I do not like my state of mind;I'm bitter, querulous, unkind.I hate my legs, I hate my hands,I do not yearn for lovelier lands.I dread the dawn's recurrent light;I hate to go to ...

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I Know I Have Been Happiest by Dorothy Parker

I Know I Have Been Happiest by Dorothy Parker

I know I have been happiest at your side;But what is done, is done, and all's to be.And small the good, to linger dolefully-Gayly it lived, and gallantly it died.I will not make ...

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Observation by Dorothy Parker

Observation by Dorothy Parker

If I don't drive around the park, I'm pretty sure to make my mark. If I'm in bed each night by ten, I may get back my looks again, If I abstain from fun and such, I'll probably ...

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Inventory by Dorothy Parker

Inventory by Dorothy Parker

Four be the things I am wiser to know:Idleness, sorrow, a friend, and a foe.Four be the things I’d been better without:Love, curiosity, freckles, and doubt.Three be the things I ...

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Purposely Ungrammatical Love Song by Dorothy Parker

Purposely Ungrammatical Love Song by Dorothy Parker

There's many and many, and not so far, Is willing to dry my tears away;There's many to tell me what you are, And never a lie to all they say.It's little the good to hide my ...

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Epitaph For A Darling Lady by Dorothy Parker

Epitaph For A Darling Lady by Dorothy Parker

All her hours were yellow sands, Blown in foolish whorls and tassels; Slipping warmly through her hands; Patted into little castles. Shiny day on shiny day Tumble in a rainbow ...

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Autobiography by Dorothy Parker

Autobiography by Dorothy Parker

Oh, both my shoes are shiny new, And pristine is my hat;My dress is 1922.... My life is all like that.

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Alexandre Dumas And His Son by Dorothy Parker

Alexandre Dumas And His Son by Dorothy Parker

Although I work, and seldom cease,At Dumas pere and Dumas fils,Alas, I cannot make me careFor Dumas fils and Dumas pere.

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De Profundis by Dorothy Parker

De Profundis by Dorothy Parker

Oh, is it, then, UtopianTo hope that I may meet a manWho'll not relate, in accents suave,The tales of girls he used to have?

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Ultimatum by Dorothy Parker

Ultimatum by Dorothy Parker

I'm wearied of wearying love, my friend,Of worry and strain and doubt;Before we begin, let us view the end,And maybe I'll do without.There's never the pang that was worth the ...

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Inscription For The Ceiling Of A Bedroom by Dorothy Parker

Inscription For The Ceiling Of A Bedroom by Dorothy Parker

Daily dawns another day;I must up, to make my way.Though I dress and drink and eat,Move my fingers and my feet,Learn a little, here and there,Weep and laugh and sweat and ...

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Bric-A-Brac by Dorothy Parker

Bric-A-Brac by Dorothy Parker

Little things that no one needs -- Little things to joke about -- Little landscapes, done in beads. Little morals, woven out, Little wreaths of gilded grass, Little brigs of ...

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