Treasure Island

Dorothy Parker

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

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Resumé


Razors pain you;
Rivers are damp;
Acids stain you;
And drugs cause cramp.
Guns aren't lawful;
Nooses give;
Gas smells awful;
You might as well live.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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  • Mark Nave (10/13/2013 8:01:00 PM)

    Some time ago I found audio file of Miss Parker reading this poem. Since I've long forgotten Invictus, the first poem I was required to memorize, this is the last verse I can recite from memory. I guess that makes it my favorite. (Report) Reply

  • Liliana ~el (10/13/2013 7:40:00 PM)

    Hahahah took me a while but yes, good reason to throw out the choice of suicide :) (Report) Reply

  • Ingeborg Von Finsterwalde (10/13/2012 6:32:00 PM)

    What a great sense of humor the writer displayed and yet she is right, suicide is never easy. It takes a lot of courage and misery to do the act… (Report) Reply

  • Kevin Straw (10/13/2012 3:33:00 PM)

    Parker is one of those rare poets to whom one comes expecting perfection - and this poem is perfection. It is the quintessence of laconic New Yorkese which might be far more effective in dissuading suicides than the priest. (Report) Reply

  • Karen Sinclair (10/13/2012 5:11:00 AM)

    Sheer and utter genius, really, where one feels they cannot face things any more but when considering the options (you might as well live) ne-er a truer word spoken.... brutal yet also has a touch of irony...tyvm karen (Report) Reply

  • Pranab K Chakraborty (10/13/2012 2:07:00 AM)

    A track of looking at time quiet realistic way which reflects the dark. In other sense it insists on another fight to dig the positive vision towards life.(If anything there) . Reader to decide. Much atomic the radiation of such selective words. Good poem...............................Pranab k c 10 (Report) Reply

  • Sasha Julia (9/11/2011 9:45:00 PM)

    This poem is darkly funny. It's a little strange...how it makes me feel depressed and smile at the same time.
    An amazing poem that puts a new twist on suicide. (Report) Reply

  • Cynthia Buhain-baello (6/26/2009 10:05:00 PM)

    I read this poem when I was fourteen and I have memorized it by heart. The rhyme, the rhythm, the content all are good example of poetic genius. There is less prolixity and verbal maze, and her poems are simple, easy to read, and enjoyable. (Report) Reply

  • Amanda Del Sontro (1/4/2008 10:20:00 PM)

    This poem is... Well, sadly hilarious. Suicide is an escape, but this questions if it is worth the time and effort. It's a nice little poke at the real thought it takes to force death. (Report) Reply

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