As a respite from the misbegotten federal marriage amendment

I wandered into a bookstore in D.C. yesterday and picked up a copy of The Portable Dorothy Parker for $17. Parker is the clever writer/witticist who was active mostly in the 1920s and 1930s. She wrote poems, short stories, reviews, and essays.

From "Fulfillment":

For this my mother wrapped me warm,
And called me home against the storm,
And coaxed my infant nights to quiet,
And gave me roughage in my diet,
And tucked me in my bed at eight,
And clipped my hair, and marked my weight,
And watched me as I sat and stood:
That I might grow to womanhood
To hear a whistle and drop my wits
And break my heart to clattering bits.

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Andy (www):
If the FMA actually gets passed by the senate, will you be posting her poem Résumé?
6.7.2006 11:41am
guest (mail):
now that the amendment didn't pass, does this mean I won't have to skip over four different "Dale Carpenter whining about gay marriage" each day? thank god!
6.7.2006 12:22pm
Vincent, Paul (mail):
Thanks for the tip on the Portable Parker.
6.7.2006 12:32pm
And oddly enough she died 39 years ago today. I think I'll go read some.
6.7.2006 2:32pm
JosephSlater (mail):
Nice quote.

As to Dale "whining," it seems appropriate to take seriously an issue that the members of the Republican leadership and other conservatives are claiming is the most, or at least one of the most, pressing issues this nation faces, and trying to resolve that issue via amending our constitution. Because they were sincere when the said all that, right? And they really wanted to amend the constitution, right?
6.7.2006 3:08pm