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Dorothy Parker - Distance

Were you to cross the world, my dear,
To work or love or fight,
I could be calm and wistful here,

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Poet: Dorothy Parker
Poem: 4. Distance
Volume: Death and Taxes
Year: Published/Written in 1931

Comment 3 of 3, added on June 25th, 2005 at 8:00 AM.

I thought it was more about a doomed relationship..

If the love is doomed because you are a sea apart, it's dramatic in a romantic way, and you still have the illusion that it's totally meant to be.

If it's simply not working out (because he rejected you) it's harder to accept the failure. And of course, to have him down the lane makes it harder to forget. I hate the thought of my ex-boyfriend still living in this city, the possibility of running into him. GRR! It's bitter to my heart!

Norma Jeane from Netherlands
Comment 2 of 3, added on June 9th, 2005 at 8:44 PM.

i think that this poem is very true for anyone who has a long distance relationship. if you have that person near you all the time, it is better to love that person when you know they are safe across the sea.

Marisa from United States
Comment 1 of 3, added on April 3rd, 2005 at 9:43 AM.

It is so true that love is sweeter in the longing than it is in the having. With distance one can imagine its perfection. The mind dreams of total fulfillment of immediate desires, the right gestures given at the right times. Were that this was reality when the object of one's love lives just down the street yet knocks at the door to offer the wrong gesture at the wrong time.

Nancy Ransom from Canada

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