Chant For Dark Hours

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



Some men, some men
Cannot pass a
Book shop.
(Lady, make your mind up, and wait your life away.)

Some men, some men
Cannot pass a
Crap game.
(He said he'd come at moonrise, and here's another day!)

Some men, some men
Cannot pass a
Bar-room.
(Wait about, and hang about, and that's the way it goes.)

Some men, some men
Cannot pass a
Woman.
(Heaven never send me another one of those!)

Some men, some men
Cannot pass a
Golf course.
(Read a book, and sew a seam, and slumber if you can.)

Some men, some men
Cannot pass a
Haberdasher's.
(All your life you wait around for some damn man!)

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme ABxc ABxc ABxd ABxd ABxe ABde
Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 567
Words 120
Stanzas 6
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 4, 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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