“Inventory” by Dorothy Parker


Four be the things I am wiser to know:
Idleness, sorrow, a friend, and a foe.

Four be the things I’d been better without:
Love, curiosity, freckles, and doubt.

Three be the things I shall never attain:
Envy, content, and sufficient champagne.

Three be the things I shall have till I die:
Laughter and hope and a sock in the eye.

~ Dorothy Parker


2 thoughts on ““Inventory” by Dorothy Parker

  1. Can’t say i agree with the “Four. . .things I’d (be) better without. I would NOT wish to part with love, curiosity or doubt. All these seem VERY useful, even if they often lead to unpleasant feelings or experiences. I’ll have to be agnostic about freckles as they have never been part of my experience; however, as i DO have experience with “age spots,” I will comment my experience of those. Vanity about my personal appearance has not been in the forefront for me. I guess another way to say that would be to say that I have a negative self-image when it comes to most things about my body. As I notice more and more of these age spots, I am forced to admit that I have probably always been too harsh with myself in this regard. So I guess even the age spots are things with which I would NOT wish to part, if only because they nudge me to be gentler with myself in retrospect. . .and potentially even now.

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