“Resume” and why I love it

Résumé by Dorothy Parker

Razors pain you;
Rivers are damp;
Acids stain you;
And drugs cause cramp.
Guns aren’t lawful;
Nooses give;
Gas smells awful;
You might as well live.

You can read this poem on poemhunter.com

I really enjoy Dorothy Parker’s poems. Her poems always have a bit of humor to them and she is one of few writers whose humor is as offbeat as my own.

I like this poem for a few reasons. First: the title reveals nothing about the content. Second: the poem looks miserable and depressing and negative. Then you get to the last line. And while not ostensibly a resounding endorsement, it’s optimistic. I also like that it rhymes which belies the rather serious content.

Basically this poem reminds me that everyone has bad days. But there are also good days. And it’s worth the effort to wait and see what else comes along. And for an eight line poem that’s pretty deep.