Resumé

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.

by Dorothy Parker

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You can't understand the poem until you read about her life. Mother died at 5, father abused her, hated stepmother (who died when she was 9) . Divorced, pregnant, aborted, first suicide attempt. Fired from Vanity Fair for criticism of VIPs. Blacklisted by Hollywood for communist views, married and divorced (twice) to a bisexual adulterer, long-term alcoholic, Even after she died, her ashes lay in a filing cabinet for 17 years because nobody cared.
Remember reading this in high school and so began my love for Dorothy Parker. Would've loved to meet her.
Yes, you might as well live. Suicide is never painless, even if you find a way to feel no pain yourself, you leave pain behind you in those still alive.
We have to breathe till allowed to breath lovely love the poem
Miss Parker's wit and humor are some of my favorites, and this is no exception. Everything kills us, so live in spite of it!
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