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Short poem

Dorothy Parker (1893-1967)


              1If I don't drive around the park,
              2I'm pretty sure to make my mark.
              3If I'm in bed each night by ten,
              4I may get back my looks again,
              5If I abstain from fun and such,
              6I'll probably amount to much,
              7But I shall stay the way I am,
              8Because I do not give a damn.

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): 91. PS 3531 A5855E5 Robarts Library
First publication date: 16 August 1925
Publication date note: New York World (Aug. 16, 1925): V-3.
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 1999.
Recent editing: 2:2002/3/6

Form: couplets

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