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Short poem

Dorothy Parker (1893-1967)

Song in a Minor Key

              1There's a place I know where the birds swing low,
              2    And wayward vines go roaming,
              3Where the lilacs nod, and a marble god
              4    Is pale, in scented gloaming.
              5And at sunset there comes a lady fair
              6    Whose eyes are deep with yearning.
              7By an old, old gate does the lady wait
              8    Her own true love's returning.

              9But the days go by, and the lilacs die,
            10    And trembling birds seek cover;
            11Yet the lady stands, with her long white hands
            12    Held out to greet her lover.
            13And it's there she'll stay till the shadowy day
            14    A monument they grave her.
            15She will always wait by the same old gate, --
            16    The gate her true love gave her.

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): 107. PS 3531 A5855E5 Robarts Library
First publication date: 5 October 1922
Publication date note: Life (Oct. 5, 1922): 7.
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 1999.
Recent editing: 2:2002/3/6

Rhyme: abcbdefe

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