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Tombstones In The Starlight

Dorothy Parker

          I. The Minor Poet

His little trills and chirpings were his best.
  No music like the nightingale's was born
Within his throat;  but he, too, laid his breast
  Upon a thorn.

          II. The Pretty Lady

She hated bleak and wintry things alone.
  All that was warm and quick, she loved too well-
A light, a flame, a heart against her own;
  It is forever bitter cold, in Hell.

          III. The Very Rich Man

He'd have the best, and that was none too good;
  No barrier could hold, before his terms.
He lies below, correct in cypress wood,
  And entertains the most exclusive worms.

          IV. The Fisherwoman

The man she had was kind and clean
  And well enough for every day,
But, oh, dear friends, you should have seen
  The one that got away!

           V. The Crusader

Arrived in Heaven, when his sands were run,
  He seized a quill, and sat him down to tell
The local press that something should be done
  About that noisy nuisance, Gabriel.

          Vl. The Actress

Her name, cut clear upon this marble cross,
  Shines, as it shone when she was still on earth;
While tenderly the mild, agreeable moss
  Obscures the figures of her date of birth.

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