We kick off our Celebration of Dorothy Parker week with the first poem of Mrs. Parker’s we ever read, in our high school freshman literature textbook.
There was a rose that faded young;
I saw its shattered beauty hung
Upon a broken stem.
I heard them say, “What need to care
With roses budding everywhere?”
I did not answer them.
There was a bird, brought down to die;
They said, “A hundred fill the sky-
What reason to be sad?”
There was a girl, whose lover fled;
I did not wait, the while they said,
“There’s many another lad.”
From Death and Taxes, 1931.