One Perfect Rose: Dorothy Parker

Ignacio_Pinazo_Camarlench_Una_rosa

A single flow’r he sent me, since we met.
All tenderly his messenger he chose;
Deep-hearted, pure, with scented dew still wet –
One perfect rose.

I knew the language of the floweret;
‘My fragile leaves,’ it said, ‘his heart enclose.’
Love long has taken for his amulet
One perfect rose.

Why is it no one ever sent me yet
One perfect limousine, do you suppose?
Ah no, it’s always just my luck to get
One perfect rose.

You can hear Dorothy Parker’s own voice reading this poem on the video below. I can’t say I like the fake animation very much though!

Dorothy Parker

One Perfect Rose (1926)
This rose (1894) is by Ignacio Pinazo Camarlench (Valencia, January 11, 1849—Godella, October 18, 1916),  one of the most prominent artists of Valencia from the end of the nineteenth century (via Wikimedia)
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About layanglicana

Author of books on Calcutta, Delhi and Dar es Salaam, I am now blogging as a lay person about the Church of England and the Anglican Communion. I am also blogging about the effects of World War One on the village of St Mary Bourne, Hampshire.
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