Prayer For A Prayer

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



Dearest one, when I am dead
  Never seek to follow me.
    Never mount the quiet hill
    Where the copper leaves are still,
  As my heart is, on the tree
Standing at my narrow bed.

Only of your tenderness,
  Pray a little prayer at night.
    Say: "I have forgiven now-
    I, so weak and sad; O Thou,
  Wreathed in thunder, robed in light,
Surely Thou wilt do no less."

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on May 03, 2023

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Scheme ABCCBA XDEEDX
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 368
Words 71
Stanzas 2
Stanza Lengths 6, 6

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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