Men I'm Not Married To

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An illustration for the story Men I'm Not Married To by the author Dorothy Parker
An illustration for the story Men I'm Not Married To by the author Dorothy Parker
An illustration for the story Men I'm Not Married To by the author Dorothy Parker
No matter where my route may lie,
No matter whither I repair,
In brief—no matter how or why
Or when I go, the boys are there.
On lane and byways, street and square,
On alley, path and avenue,
They seem to spring up everywhere—
The men I am not married to.
I watch them as they pass me by;
At each in wonderment I stare,
And, “but for heaven’s grace,” I cry,
“There goes the guy whose name I’d wear!”
They represent no species rare,
They walk and talk as others do;
They’re fair to see—but only fair—
The men I am not married to.{2}
I’m sure that to a mother’s eye
Is each potentially a bear.
But though at home they rank ace-high,
No change of heart could I declare.
Yet worry silvers not their hair;
They deck them not with sprigs of rue.
It’s curious how they do not care—
The men I am not married to.

Enjoy her skewering verses about some of those men in her 1922 collection bearing the same title HERE


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