SATURDAY POETRY SERIES PRESENTS: A DOROTHY PARKER POEM DEDICATED TO HILLARY CLINTON

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THE LADY’S REWARD
By Dorothy Parker

Lady, lady, never start
Conversation toward your heart;
Keep your pretty words serene;
Never murmur what you mean.
Show yourself, by word and look,
Swift and shallow as a brook.
Be as cool and quick to go
As a drop of April snow;
Be as delicate and gay
As a cherry flower in May.
Lady, lady, never speak
Of the tears that burn your cheek-
She will never win him, whose
Words had shown she feared to lose.
Be you wise and never sad,
You will get your lovely lad.
Never serious be, nor true,
And your wish will come to you-
And if that makes you happy, kid,
You’ll be the first it ever did.


(Today’s poem is in the public domain, belongs to the masses, and appears here today accordingly.)


Editor’s Note: Today’s poem is dedicated to Hillary Clinton. God Save the Queen, as it were, Sex Pistols style. I know what this poem means to me as a metaphor for Hillary Clinton’s rise to power. I’m just going to leave this right here and let you take from it whatever you will.

Dorothy Parker (1893-1967) was an American writer and poet, best known for her wit, wisecracks, and sharp eye for 20th century urban foibles. From a conflicted and unhappy childhood, Parker rose to acclaim, both for her literary output in such venues as The New Yorker and as a founding member of the Algonquin Round Table, a group she later disdained. Following the breakup of that circle, Parker traveled to Hollywood to pursue screenwriting. Her successes there, including two Academy Award nominations, were curtailed as her involvement in left-wing politics led to a place on the infamous Hollywood blacklist. Parker went through three marriages (two to the same man) and survived several suicide attempts, but grew increasingly dependent on alcohol. Dismissive of her own talents, she deplored her reputation as a “wisecracker”. Nevertheless, her literary output and her sparkling wit have endured. (Annotated biography of Dorothy Parker courtesy of Wikipedia.org)

About Sivan Butler-Rotholz

Sivan is the Contributing Editor of the Saturday Poetry Series on As It Ought To Be and holds an MFA from Brooklyn College. She is a professor, writer, editor, comic artist, and attorney emerita. She is also the founder of Reviving Herstory. Sivan welcomes feedback, poetry submissions, and solicitations of her writing via email at sivan.sf [at] gmail [dot] com.
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2 Responses to SATURDAY POETRY SERIES PRESENTS: A DOROTHY PARKER POEM DEDICATED TO HILLARY CLINTON

  1. philipparees says:

    A most admired wit, one of my absolutely favourite poets; not for deep evocations, but piercing honesty about matters of the heart and the gulf between the sexes. So absolutely herself even in the depths of her own hell.

  2. Maya Elashi says:

    //, nor true //, for detached from her heart, she can’t hear the gentle coo.

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