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Dorothy Parker

(22 August 1893 - 7 June 1967 / Long Branch / New Jersey)

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A Very Short Song


Once, when I was young and true,
Someone left me sad-
Broke my brittle heart in two;
And that is very bad.

Love is for unlucky folk,
Love is but a curse.
Once there was a heart I broke;
And that, I think, is worse.

Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

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  • John Vincent (8/27/2014 6:47:00 PM)

    Hate may kill you once but betrayal kills you for life.
    Hate may kill you but love is why you're alive.
    Hate may kill you but love won't let you die.
    And that, I think, is worse. (Report) Reply

  • John Vincent (8/25/2014 4:21:00 PM)

    Love is not the opposite of hate. Selfless love is needy so love is hate. Josef Fritzl loved Elisabeth so much, he needed to keep her in a basement dungeon for 26 years. Some women do something similar with marriage. (Report) Reply

  • Anna Boukna (3/27/2014 12:33:00 PM)

    This poem is so catchy and it indicates that everywhere you go, you hearts bound to be broken so watch out everybody just kidding! ;) (Report) Reply

  • Sai Vijaya Mahalakshmi (3/15/2014 3:20:00 AM)

    Its not just a poem ever lasting history experience of every human in certain age and stage, Dorothy Parker understood the worse on the name of the Love. The poet is most eligible for more regards and appreciation in my long words to the very short but sweet and hot poem (Report) Reply

  • Carlos Echeverria (3/14/2013 10:54:00 AM)

    Dorothy Parker possessed such a sharp wit
    that before she opened mouth
    people would laugh out-loud
    anticipating a marvelous quip (Report) Reply

  • Cynthia Buhain-baello (2/27/2012 10:06:00 AM)

    Parker is a classic artist of poetry - her style is readable and can easily understood by readers. She has a talent for adding wit and humor in her poems. This is one of them. (Report) Reply

  • Cynthia Buhain-baello (2/27/2012 10:05:00 AM)

    Parker is a classic artist of poetry - her style is readable and can easily understood by readers. She has a talent for adding wit and humor in her poems. This is one of them. (Report) Reply

  • Cynthia Buhain-baello (2/27/2012 10:05:00 AM)

    Parker is a classic artist of poetry - her style is readable and can easily understood by readers. She has a talent for adding wit and humor in her poems. This is one of them. (Report) Reply

  • Cynthia Buhain-baello (2/27/2012 10:04:00 AM)

    Parker is a classic artist of poetry - her style is readable and can easily understood by readers. She has a talent for adding wit and humor in her poems. This is one of them. (Report) Reply

  • Cynthia Buhain-baello (2/27/2012 9:59:00 AM)

    Parker is a classic artist of poetry - her style is readable and can easily understood by readers. She has a talent for adding wit and humor in her poems. This is one of them. (Report) Reply

  • Cynthia Buhain-baello (2/27/2012 9:59:00 AM)

    Parker is a classic artist of poetry - her style is readable and can easily understood by readers. She has a talent for adding wit and humor in her poems. This is one of them. (Report) Reply

  • Cynthia Buhain-baello (2/27/2012 9:58:00 AM)

    Parker is a classic artist of poetry - her style is readable and can easily understood by readers. She has a talent for adding wit and humor in her poems. This is one of them. (Report) Reply

  • Jessica Jemima (2/2/2008 9:20:00 PM)

    has such a flowing rhythm.... it's great to read out loud.
    short, sweet n simple. fantastic. (Report) Reply

  • Li Away (5/7/2007 9:14:00 AM)

    the remarkably breath -taking Dorothy. she's as true to us as this poem.
    Brilliant! Formidable (Report) Reply

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