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A Fairly Sad Tale - Poem by Dorothy Parker

I think that I shall never know
Why I am thus, and I am so.
Around me, other girls inspire
In men the rush and roar of fire,
The sweet transparency of glass,
The tenderness of April grass,
The durability of granite;
But me- I don't know how to plan it.
The lads I've met in Cupid's deadlock
Were- shall we say?- born out of wedlock.
They broke my heart, they stilled my song,
And said they had to run along,
Explaining, so to sop my tears,
First came their parents or careers.
But ever does experience
Deny me wisdom, calm, and sense!
Though she's a fool who seeks to capture
The twenty-first fine, careless rapture,
I must go on, till ends my rope,
Who from my birth was cursed with hope.
A heart in half is chaste, archaic;
But mine resembles a mosaic-
The thing's become ridiculous!
Why am I so? Why am I thus?


Comments about A Fairly Sad Tale by Dorothy Parker

  • Rookie - 149 Points Kat Anomymous (3/4/2017 5:41:00 AM)

    The rhyme scheme is good and and it seems well thought out. The meaning is easy to see. Thank you for sharing. (Report) Reply

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  • Bronze Star - 2,601 Points Samuel Segun Toluwalase (2/17/2017 9:17:00 AM)

    I am honestly and deeply touched. That was the reality of my life when i was a young child (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Herr Ibis (8/23/2009 12:11:00 AM)

    Dorothy Parker wrote with superlative wit.
    In her poetry and prose alike.
    Her ironic turn of phrase doesn't cease to smile out at us from a cheeky sideways gaze.
    Notwithstanding the earnest gravity in her questions (Why? and why?) , her regard holds fast to its humor (neither pallid nor pink) . An onerous thought in an onerous world lives cheek by jowl with laughter; unblanched and effervescent....... Er possibly that of the damned.
    But damned she is a pleasure.
    What succor, moreover, to return once and then to a modernist poet that can rhyme in verse without, all the while, being carried where the RHYME wants to go!
    Tonight I drink to Dorothy (Report) Reply

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Poems About Sad

  1. 1. A Sad Child , Margaret Atwood
  2. 2. A Fairly Sad Tale , Dorothy Parker
  3. 3. ‘and Ask Ye Why These Sad Tears Stream?’ , Alfred Lord Tennyson
  4. 4. The Sad Mother , Gabriela Mistral
  5. 5. Be Not Sad , James Joyce
  6. 6. A Sad State Of Freedom , Nazim Hikmet
  7. 7. Sad In Blue (A Lyric) , Peter S. Quinn
  8. 8. For A Sad Lady , Dorothy Parker
  9. 9. To A Sad Daughter , Michael Ondaatje
  10. 10. Sad , Cristina Geanta
  11. 11. In My Own Shire, If I Was Sad , Alfred Edward Housman
  12. 12. Baseball's Sad Lexicon , Franklin Pierce Adams
  13. 13. My Sad Captains , Thom Gunn
  14. 14. Sit Down, Sad Soul , Barry Cornwall
  15. 15. Sad-Eyed And Soft And Grey , William Morris
  16. 16. With How Sad Steps, O Moon, Thou Climb's.. , William Wordsworth
  17. 17. Sad Is Stupid , Alison Cassidy
  18. 18. Close Those Sad Sad Eyes , Beautiful Grim
  19. 19. To The Sad Moon , Sir Philip Sidney
  20. 20. Sad Green Eyes , Linda Ori
  21. 21. The Bad Season Makes The Poet Sad , Robert Herrick
  22. 22. The Journey Of A Poem Compared To All Th.. , Delmore Schwartz
  23. 23. Phantasmagoria Canto Vii ( Sad Souvenaun.. , Lewis Carroll
  24. 24. Weep You No More, Sad Fountains , Anonymous Olde English
  25. 25. Sad Sad Day , Laura Green
  26. 26. Peacock Story 8 - A Sad Poem , Alison Cassidy
  27. 27. Bored And Sad , Mikhail Yuryevich Lermontov
  28. 28. The Lacking Sense Scene.--A Sad-Coloured.. , Thomas Hardy
  29. 29. Sonnet Xxxi: With How Sad Steps, O Moon , Sir Philip Sidney
  30. 30. Sonnet: Languid, And Sad, And Slow, From.. , William Lisle Bowles
  31. 31. Sonnet Iii: With How Sad Steps , Sir Philip Sidney
  32. 32. ! To A God-Daughter On Her Sad Poem , Michael Shepherd
  33. 33. Sad Cypress , koyel mitra
  34. 34. Sad Song , Rahel Bluwstein
  35. 35. I Sing A Sad Song , Dorothy (Alves) Holmes
  36. 36. To A Sad Girl , Uriah Hamilton
  37. 37. The Sad Bastards Club , Francesca Johnson
  38. 38. .sad Girl , YURI DURAAN
  39. 39. The Sad Day , Thomas Flatman
  40. 40. Languid, And Sad, And Slow, From Day To .. , William Lisle Bowles
  41. 41. Happy & Sad , Sumita Datta
  42. 42. Sad , Sylvia Chidi
  43. 43. ’tis A Sad, Mad World! , Dr. A.Celestine Raj Manohar ..
  44. 44. The Sad Shepherd , William Butler Yeats
  45. 45. Sad And Lonely , Taher Shemaly
  46. 46. A Sad Sad Story , Joyce Hemsley
  47. 47. Sad Eyes , Mariana Zita
  48. 48. ! The Sad Story Of Happiness , Michael Shepherd
  49. 49. ! ! A Sad Tale Of Consumerism , Michael Shepherd
  50. 50. Sad Love Song , Nichita Stanescu
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