Rachel "Sparks" Blackman (seattlesparks) wrote,
Rachel "Sparks" Blackman

Fighting Words

Today, I stopped by my folks' house to get some things of grandma's that mom had brought back. Little notebooks I had made grandma when I was younger, pictures of her with me when I was teensy, and all those sort of things. (And a Tastycake! Mmmm. Tastycake... the taste of summers from my childhood...)

Anyway, one of them was something I'd written down when I was little, which grandma had hanging up over her desk. I'd forgotten this poem, but it always used to make us both smile when I was little, as it was one of our favorites back then. I realized when I looked at this where my penchant for filk and spur-of-the-moment poetry and rhyme came from; grandma and I used to try to come up with poetry when I spent summers back in Philadelphia with her.

Fighting Words
Dorothy Parker

Say my love is easy had
  Say I'm bitten raw with pride
Say I am too often sad -
  Still behold me at your side

Say I'm neither brave nor young
  Say I woo and coddle care
Say the Devil touched my tongue
  Still you have my heart to wear.

But say my verses do not scan,
  and I get me another man.
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