Unfortunate Coincidence

February 14, 2012 § Leave a comment

By the time you swear you’re his,
  Shivering and sighing,
And he vows his passion is
  Infinite, undying —
Lady, make a note of this
  One of you is lying.

– Dorothy Parker

Parker was a master of the surprise ending, and here, after four lines of Harlequin romance fluff, she deflates love’s bloated promises with the pointed wit of the last line.

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