Dorothy Parker was 35 when she wrote this poem, in 1928.

This is included in Grandmother Poems because, though young, Parker speaks for all grandmothers in her wish to slow down the clock.

 

Afternoon

 

American writer Dorothy Parker (1893-1967)

American writer Dorothy Parker (1893-1967) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When I am old, and comforted,

And done with this desire,

With Memory to share my bed

And Peace to share my fire,

 

I’ll comb my hair in scalloped bands

Beneath my laundered cap,

And watch my cool and fragile hands

Lie light upon my lap.

 

And I will have a spriggéd gown

With lace to kiss my throat;

I’ll draw my curtain to the town,

And hum a purring note.

 

And I’ll forget the way of tears,

And rock, and stir my tea.

But oh,  I wish those blessed years

Were further than they be!

 

Dorothy Parker (1893-1967)

 

Reprinted in Poetry Speaks: Hear Great Poets Read Their Work from Tennyson to Plath

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