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Poem Title:  Ballad Of The Unfortunate Mammals

Poem Category:  Humerous/ Funny Poems

Poet:  Dorothy Parker

Poet Biography: 
Dorothy Parker (1893-1967) was an American critic, satirical poet, and short-story writer



Poem: 
Love is sharper than stones or sticks;
Lone as the sea, and a deeper blue;
Loud in the night as a clock that ticks;
Longer lived than the Wandering Jew.
Show me a love that was done and through,
Tell me a kiss escaped its debt!
Son, to your death you'll pay your due--
Women and elephants never forget.

Ever a man, alas, would mix,
Ever a man, heigh-ho, must woo;
So he's left in the world-old fix,
Thus is furthered the sale of rue.
Son, your chances are thin and few--
Won't you ponder before you're set?
Shoot if you must, but hold in view
Women and elephants never forget.

Down from Caesar past Joynson-Hicks
Echoes the warning, ever new:
Though they're trained to amusing tricks,
Gentler, they, than the pigeon's coo,
Careful, son, of the cursed two--
Either one is a dangerous pet;
Natural history proves it true--
Women and elephants never forget.

L'Envoi:

Prince, a precept I'd leave for you,
Coined in Eden, existing yet;
Skirt the parlor and shun the zoo--
Women and elephants never forget.




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