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Dorothy Parker (1893-1967)

Rondeau Redoublé (and Scarcely Worth the Trouble, at That)

              1The same to me are sombre days and gay.
              2    Though joyous dawns the rosy morn, and bright,
              3Because my dearest love is gone away
              4    Within my heart is melancholy night.

              5My heart beats low in loneliness, despite
              6    That riotous Summer holds the earth in sway.
              7In cerements my spirit is bedight;
              8    The same to me are sombre days and gay.

              9Though breezes in the rippling grasses play,
            10    And waves dash high and far in glorious might,
            11I thrill no longer to the sparkling day,
            12    Though joyous dawns the rosy morn, and bright.

            13Ungraceful seems to me the swallow's flight;
            14    As well might Heaven's blue be sullen gray;
            15My soul discerns no beauty in their sight
            16    Because my dearest love is gone away.

            17Let roses fling afar their crimson spray,
            18    And virgin daisies splash the fields with white,
            19Let bloom the poppy hotly as it may,
            20    Within my heart is melancholy night.

            21And this, oh love, my pitiable plight
            22    Whenever from my circling arms you stray;
            23This little world of mine has lost its light ...
            24    I hope to God, my dear, that you can say
            25                                        The same to me.


7] cerements: shrouds for the dead.

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): 94. PS 3531 A5855E5 Robarts Library
First publication date: 13 April 1922
Publication date note: Life (April 13, 1922): 3.
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 1999.
Recent editing: 2:2002/3/6

Rhyme: abab

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