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Short poem

Dorothy Parker (1893-1967)


              1Now it's over, and now it's done;
              2    Why does everything look the same?
              3Just as bright, the unheeding sun, --
              4    Can't it see that the parting came?
              5People hurry and work and swear,
              6    Laugh and grumble and die and wed,
              7Ponder what they will eat and wear, --
              8    Don't they know that our love is dead?

              9Just as busy, the crowded street;
            10    Cars and wagons go rolling on,
            11Children chuckle, and lovers meet, --
            12    Don't they know that our love is gone?
            13No one pauses to pay a tear;
            14    None walks slow, for the love that's through, --
            15I might mention, my recent dear,
            16    I've reverted to normal, too.

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): 82. PS 3531 A5855E5 Robarts Library
First publication date: 14 June 1923
Publication date note: Life (June 14, 1923): 7.
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 1999.
Recent editing: 2:2002/3/6

Rhyme: ababcdcd

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