Monday, October 17, 2005

Inscriptions for the Ceiling of a Bedroom
by Dorothy Parker

Daily dawns another day
I must up, to make my way
Though I dress and drink and eat
Move my fingers and my feet,
Learn a little, here and there,
Weep and Laugh and sweat and swear,
Hear a song, or watch a stage,
Leave some words upon a page,
Claim a foe, or hail a friend -
Bed awaits me in the end.
Though I go in pride and strength,
I'll come back to bed at length.
Though I walk in blinded woe,
Back to bed, I'm bound to go.
High my heart, or bowed my head,
All my days, but lead to bed.
Up and out, and on; and then
Ever back to bed again.
Summer, winter, spring and fall
I'm a fool to rise at all!

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