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Dorothy Parker

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.

-Dorothy Parker

Dorothy Parker was a poet, short-story writer, theater critic and screenwriter. She is best known as one of the wittiest members of the Algonquin Round Table. When she wrote her own epitaph she stated, "Excuse my dust."

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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.

-Dorothy Parker

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