Afternoon 
by Dorothy Parker

Dorothy-Parker

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 sprigged 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

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About Russell Boyle

Russell Boyle is a mathematics teacher, writer, and poet. His poetry anthologies are titled The Beginning, Footprints and Loneliness. Russell is the author of the Year 7 to 8 Mathematics Short-Answer Tasks, the Year 7 to 10 Mathematics Multiple-Choice Tasks, the Year 9 to 10 Extended-Response Tasks, the solutions to the Year 12 VCAA Mathematics Exams and the Web-Programming For Beginners series of courses. Sample poems and questions may be downloaded from http://russellboyle.com
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