Dorothy Parker

Here you will find the Poem For A Lady Who Must Write Verse of poet Dorothy Parker

For A Lady Who Must Write Verse

Unto seventy years and seven,
 Hide your double birthright well-
You, that are the brat of Heaven
 And the pampered heir to Hell.

Let your rhymes be tinsel treasures,
 Strung and seen and thrown aside.
Drill your apt and docile measures
 Sternly as you drill your pride.

Show your quick, alarming skill in
 Tidy mockeries of art;
Never, never dip your quill in
 Ink that rushes from your heart.

When your pain must come to paper,
 See it dust, before the day;
Let your night-light curl and caper,
 Let it lick the words away.

Never print, poor child, a lay on
 Love and tears and anguishing,
Lest a cooled, benignant Phaon
 Murmur, "Silly little thing!"