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Dorothy Parker (1893-1967)

Epitaph for a Darling Lady


              1All her hours were yellow sands,
              2Blown in foolish whorls and tassels;
              3Slipping warmly through her hands;
              4Patted into little castles.

              5Shiny day on shiny day
              6Tumble in a rainbow clutter,
              7As she flipped them all away,
              8Sent them spinning down the gutter.

              9Leave for her a red young rose,
            10Go your way, and save your pity;
            11She is happy, for she knows
            12That her dust is very pretty.


Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Enough Rope: Poems by Dorothy Parker (New York: Boni and Liveright, 1926): 27. PS 3531 A5855E5 Robarts Library
First publication date: 3 August 1925
Publication date note: New York World (Aug. 3, 1925): 11.
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 1999.
Recent editing: 2:2002/3/6

Rhyme: abab


Other poems by Dorothy Parker