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Short poem

Dorothy Parker (1893-1967)

One Perfect Rose

              1A single flow'r he sent me, since we met.
              2    All tenderly his messenger he chose;
              3Deep-hearted, pure, with scented dew still wet --
              4    One perfect rose.

              5I knew the language of the floweret;
              6    "My fragile leaves," it said, "his heart enclose."
              7Love long has taken for his amulet
              8    One perfect rose.

              9Why is it no one ever sent me yet
            10    One perfect limousine, do you suppose?
            11Ah no, it's always just my luck to get
            12    One perfect rose.

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): 73. PS 3531 A5855E5 Robarts Library
First publication date: 4 January 1923
Publication date note: Life (Jan. 4, 1923): 13.
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 1999.
Recent editing: 2:2002/3/6

Rhyme: abab

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