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Witty writers leave a lasting legacy. One of the most influential, and sadly, not always recognized as the source for many witticisms still in use, is Dorothy Parker.

Born in 1898, she had a childhood full of conflict and sad circumstances. Her mother died just before her fifth birthday, her difficult stepmother passed three years later, and her father died just before her twentieth birthday.

Through her pain and deep sources of internal conflict, she went on to become a bright literary light. She became an editor to Vogue Magazine, on the board at The New Yorker magazine and founding member, a Hollywood screenwriter, and prolific poet and published author.

She was a vocal advocate for civil rights and against Nazism. At one point she called herself a Communist which caused her to be blacklisted by the Hollywood establishment in the McCarthy era of the 1950’s.

She was married three times; twice to the same man. Dorothy Parker had very traumatic and conflicted love stories, many affairs, and attempted suicide three times.

Raised in New York, she returned to Manhattan and died at her residence in 1967.

For a further detail of her accomplishments, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dorothy_Parker

Enjoy some of her many witty and sarcastic quotes. I love that she uses sparkling use of the English language, twists of truth, and black humor.

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In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “To Sleep, Perchance to Dream.”

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LULLABY by Dorothy Parker

Sleep, pretty lady, the night is enfolding you;
Drift, and so lightly, on crystalline streams.
Wrapped in its perfumes, the darkness is holding you;
Starlight bespangles the way of your dreams.
Chorus the nightingales, wistfully amorous;
Blessedly quiet, the blare of the day.
All the sweet hours may your visions be glamorous-
Sleep, pretty lady, as long as you may.

Sleep, pretty lady, the night shall be still for you;
Silvered and silent, it watches you rest.
Each little breeze, in its eagerness, will for you
Murmur the melodies ancient and blest.
So in the midnight does happiness capture us;
Morning is dim with another day’s tears.
Give yourself sweetly to images rapturous-
Sleep, pretty lady, a couple of years.

Sleep, pretty lady, the world awaits day with you;
Girlish and golden, the slender young moon.
Grant the fond darkness its mystical way with you;
Morning returns to us ever too soon.
Roses unfold, in their loveliness, all for you;
Blossom the lilies for hope of your glance.
When you’re awake, all the men go and fall for you-
Sleep, pretty lady, and give me a chance.

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Thank you so much for visiting! Dorothy Parker was so much more talented than given credit for. I found this poem beautifully described the crescents and valleys of our sleep and dreams. I hope that you enjoy it as well.
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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 at the end.”

― Dorothy Parker, The Portable Dorothy Parker

i did absolutely nothing retro

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