June 9, 2011

One Perfect Rose

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--Description: 20th C, Parker D., Love,Nature--


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.


Dorothy Parker

--Did You Know: (August 22, 1893–June 7, 1967) Parker was an American writer and poet, best known for her wit, wisecracks, and sharp eye for 20th century urban foibles. From a conflicted and unhappy childhood, Parker rose to acclaim, both for her literary output in such venues as The New Yorker and as a founding member of the Algonquin Round Table, a group she later disdained. Following the breakup of that circle, Parker traveled to Hollywood to pursue screenwriting. Her successes there, including two Academy Award nominations, were curtailed as her involvement in led to a place on the infamous Hollywood blacklist. Parker went through three marriages (two to the same man) and survived several suicide attempts, but grew increasingly dependent on alcohol. Dismissive of her own talents, she deplored her reputation as a "wisecracker". Nevertheless, her literary output and her sparkling wit have endured. Read more at: Dorothy Parker

--Word of the Day: idioglossia \id-ee-uh-GLOS-ee-uh\, noun:
1. A private form of speech invented by one child or by children who are in close contact, as twins.
2. A pathological condition in which a person's speech is so severely distorted that it is unintelligible.
Example:
At a recent meeting of the Royal Medical and Chirurgical Society, Dr. Hall White, Mr. Golding-Bird, Dr. Frederick Taylor, and Dr. Hadden, described a disease or pathological condition to which the name of "idioglossia" has been given, and of which the symptoms are an abnormal articulation of English words, so continuous and systematic as to make a new language.
-- Sir Isaac Pitman, Pitman's journal of commercial education, Volume 51

--Quote of the Day: Whatever you do, you need courage.
Whatever course you decide upon,
there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong.
There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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