One Perfect Rose
Enough Rope: Poems by Dorothy Parker (New York: Boni and Liveright, 1926): 73. PS 3531 A5855E5 Robarts Library
1A single flow'r he sent me, since we met.
2 All tenderly his messenger he chose;
3Deep-hearted, pure, with scented dew still wet --
4 One perfect rose.
5I knew the language of the floweret;
6 "My fragile leaves," it said, "his heart enclose."
7Love long has taken for his amulet
8 One perfect rose.
9Why is it no one ever sent me yet
10 One perfect limousine, do you suppose?
11Ah no, it's always just my luck to get
12 One perfect rose.
Publication Start Year:
Life (Jan. 4, 1923): 13.
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