Dorothy's Next Round (Table)

published at: http://humorwriters.org/2017/05/28/dorothys-next-round-table/

Dorothy Parker

left the Algonquin

after a 10-year lunch Went on a bender,

came back for dinner, determined to find a new bunch.

“Strong women writers

when you are able Come meet me under

or around this new table! Let’s go on a timeless binge. Living well’s the best revenge.”

Agatha Christie said, “Yes, let’s make history. I’ll be your partner in crime.

You know that I’m libel

to outsell the Bible; I’m the best selling author

of all time.”

Mary Shelley waltzed in

saying, “Let’s not fit in!

We’ve all stood the test of time. The beginning, I say,

is always today. Let’s make a monster,

a real Frankenstein!”

“Strong women writers

when you are able Come meet me under

or round this new table! Let’s go on a timeless binge. Living well’s the best revenge.”

“Quite right Dorothy,”

said Gertrude Stein, One must dare to be happy,

with or without the wine!

Just like the pseudonym sisters

pawned off as misters: George’s Elliot and Sand,

who took off their disguises and

said, “here’s to surprises!” Let’s give those girls a big hand!”

“What’s the soup of the day?”

cried ol’ dame Christie, “Wait, don’t tell me.

I love a good mystery.”

A river of writers poured from the Algonquin;

voice starts to glow:

“Just like moons and like suns With the certainty of tides Just like hopes springing high Still I rise.” Still, we rise.

Rise!


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