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Dorothy Parker (1893-1967)

Wail


              1Love has gone a-rocketing.
              2    That is not the worst;
              3I could do without the thing,
              4    And not be the first.

              5Joy has gone the way it came.
              6    That is nothing new;
              7I could get along the same, --
              8    Many people do.

              9Dig for me the narrow bed,
            10    Now I am bereft.
            11All my pretty hates are dead,
            12    And what have I left?


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): 22. PS 3531 A5855E5 Robarts Library
First publication date: 20 August 1925
Publication date note: Life (August 20, 1925): 3.
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 1999.
Recent editing: 2:2002/3/6

Rhyme: abab


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