...nothing here is promised, not one day... Lin-Manuel Miranda

Marie of Roumania
Previous Entry :: Next Entry

Read/Post Comments (4)
Share on Facebook
Okay, for Kate and anyone understandably puzzled by the line at the top. I am, decades after reading it, still knocked over by the work of Dorothy Parker. Some years ago, I put out a couple of what are called "lettersubs" in s.f. fandom - letter substitutes, sort of personal fanzines to a bunch of friends. Blogs on paper, almost. The first was entitled "Aphids on the Heliotrope!", from the caption of one of George Booth's wonderful cartoons. When I picked it up again, I vague recall using "Marie of Roumania" as a title.

So here's why Marie of Roumania:
by Dorothy Parker

Oh, life is a glorious cycle of song,
A medley of extemporanea;
And love is a thing that can never go wrong;
And I am Marie of Roumania.

I used a different Parker line as an apazine title at one time, "Laughter and Hope and a Sock in the Eye":

by Dorothy Parker

Four be the things I am wiser to know:
Idleness, sorrow, a friend, and a foe.

Four be the things I'd been better without:
Love, curiosity, freckles, and doubt.

Three be the things I shall never attain:
Envy, content, and sufficient champagne.

Three be the things I shall have till I die:
Laughter and hope and a sock in the eye.

Read/Post Comments (4)

Previous Entry :: Next Entry

Back to Top

Powered by JournalScape © 2001-2010 All rights reserved.
All content rights reserved by the author.