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.

This poem, entitled A Very Short Song, is by the American writer and poet; Dorothy Parker. She’s best known for her wit, wisecracks, and sharp eye for 20th century urban foibles. I saw the BBC cooking program “The Delicious Miss Dahl with the theme melancholy and Sophie Dahl ends the episode with a poem by Dorothy Parker, which I really loved. I have to get my hands on her poems, and I’ve found this book on Amazon which now is on my wish-list.

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Dorothy Parker

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