Rondeau Redoublé (and Scarcely Worth the Trouble, at That)

By Dorothy Parker 1893–1967 Dorothy Parker
The same to me are sombre days and gay.
      Though joyous dawns the rosy morn, and bright,
Because my dearest love is gone away
      Within my heart is melancholy night.

My heart beats low in loneliness, despite
      That riotous Summer holds the earth in sway.
In cerements my spirit is bedight;
      The same to me are sombre days and gay.

Though breezes in the rippling grasses play,
      And waves dash high and far in glorious might,
I thrill no longer to the sparkling day,
      Though joyous dawns the rosy morn, and bright.

Ungraceful seems to me the swallow's flight;
      As well might Heaven's blue be sullen gray;
My soul discerns no beauty in their sight
      Because my dearest love is gone away.

Let roses fling afar their crimson spray,
      And virgin daisies splash the fields with white,
Let bloom the poppy hotly as it may,
      Within my heart is melancholy night.

And this, oh love, my pitiable plight
      Whenever from my circling arms you stray;
This little world of mine has lost its light ...
      I hope to God, my dear, that you can say
                                       The same to me.

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Poet Dorothy Parker 1893–1967

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Subjects Living, Relationships, Sorrow & Grieving, Love, Separation & Divorce, Infatuation & Crushes, Realistic & Complicated

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Dorothy Parker’s biting wit made her a legend, but it also masked her lonely struggle with depression. A member of the Algonquin Round Table group of writers, she wrote criticism for Vogue, Vanity Fair, and later the New Yorker. During the 1930s Parker moved to Hollywood, where she worked on such films as A Star Is Born, for which she won an Academy Award.

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SUBJECT Living, Relationships, Sorrow & Grieving, Love, Separation & Divorce, Infatuation & Crushes, Realistic & Complicated

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

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