A Very Short Song

Dorothy Parker 1893 (Long Branch) – 1967 (New York City)



Once, when I was young and true,
  Someone left me sad-
Broke my brittle heart in two;
  And that is very bad.

Love is for unlucky folk,
  Love is but a curse.
Once there was a heart I broke;
  And that, I think, is worse.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on May 01, 2023

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Scheme ABAB CDCD
Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 223
Words 47
Stanzas 2
Stanza Lengths 4, 4

Dorothy Parker

Dorothy Parker was an American poet, short story writer, critic and satirist, best known for her wit, wisecracks, and eye for 20th-century urban foibles. more…

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