Currents Winter 2018; Vol. 34, No. 1 - Page 8

Time to Reset American Women’s Club of Hamburg Theme Pages: Time to Reset New Beginning. Part 1. Dedication. by Anna Sizorina I started writing this article sitting by the fire in the Algonquin Hotel New York City on New Years Eve 2017. Yes, it was the same Algonquin known to us for its Round Table with Alexander Woollcott, Franklin Adams, and the fabulous poet, satirist, playwright and activist Dorothy Parker. Born in New Jersey to a Scottish mother and German Jewish father, Mrs. Parker moved to NYC and quickly became attached to her new "hometown." She started to work for a Vanity Fair in 1914 and moved to Vogue in 1916. She would leave for Hollywood every now and then but would always come back to her "hometown" where she died 50 years ago in 1967. Lady, lady, never start Conversation toward your heart; Keep your pretty words serene; Never murmur what you mean. Show yourself, by word and look, Swift and shallow as a brook. Be as cool and quick to go As a drop of April snow; Be as delicate and gay As a cherry flower in May. Lady, lady, never speak Of the tears that burn your cheek- She will never win him, whose Words had shown she feared to lose. Be you wise and never sad, You will get your lovely lad. Never serious be, nor true, And your wish will come to you- And if that makes you happy, kid, You’ll be the first it ever did. 8 The Lady’s Reward The Flaw In Paganism Drink and dance and laugh and lie, Love, the reeling midnight through, For tomorrow we shall die! (But, alas, we never do.) Poems by Dorothy Parker