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Observation

If I don’t drive around the park,
I’m pretty sure to make my mark.
If I’m in bed each night by ten,
I may get back my looks again,
If I abstain from fun and such,
I’ll probably amount to much,
But I shall stay the way I am,
Because I do not give a damn.

Credit


From Enough Rope (Boni & Liveright, 1926) by Dorothy Parker. This poem is in the public domain.

Author


Dorothy Parker

A founding member of the Algonquin Round Table, Dorothy Parker's work was known for its scathing wit and intellectual commentary

Date Published: 1926-01-01

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/observation