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National Poetry Month

Dorothy Parker ~

Symptom Recital

I do not like my state of mind;
I’m bitter, querulous, unkind.
I hate my legs, I hate my hands,
I do not yearn for lovelier lands.
I dread the dawn’s recurrent light;
I hate to go to bed at night.
I snoot at simple, earnest folk.
I cannot take the simplest joke.
I find no peace in paint or type.
My world is but a lot of tripe.
I’m disillusioned, empty-breasted.
For what I think, I’d be arrested.
I am not sick, I am not well.
My quondam dreams are shot to hell.
My soul is crushed, my spirit sore;
I do not like me anymore.
I cavil, quarrel, grumble, grouse.
I ponder on the narrow house.
I shudder at the thought of men...
I’m due to fall in love again.


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.

And we know what Eliot had to say about April...


( 3 comments — Have your say! )
Apr. 26th, 2012 07:20 pm (UTC)
The Unpoisoned Tree
Likely a few people who frequent your link from yesterday don't know Eliot at all, loathe that they are to experience anything that may poison their pristine, unsullied psyches. I can almost feel sorry for people with unpoisoned brains, every month must seem cruel to them.

And, finally, I went to the comic shop and picked up my copy of Alabaster: Wolves. It left me wondering whether Dancy deliberately threw that last riddle, as I found it the easiest of the lot. Looking forward to the rest, and is there any news on more after this five issue run?
Apr. 27th, 2012 05:57 am (UTC)
I don't know if you've heard Dorothy Parker reading some of her poetry, but if you haven't she's hilarious, with her droll sense of humor. Reading that last poem, I could hear her reciting it in her world-weary voice.....so witty.
Apr. 27th, 2012 11:33 pm (UTC)
Ah, Resume is one of my favorite Dorothy Parker poems.

Finally saw The Cabin in the Woods Last Night. What a great film. I feel like I need to see it a couple more times just to get everything -- like one viewing isn't enough to take it all in. Now I can go back and read your journal entry on the movie.
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