Monday, April 8, 2013

Overheard at Table 3: Dorothy Parker "The Passionate Freudian to His Love"

The Passionate Freudian to His Love

by Dorothy Parker

Only name the day, and we'll fly away
 In the face of old traditions,
To a sheltered spot, by the world forgot,
 Where we'll park our inhibitions.
Come and gaze in eyes where the lovelight lies
 As it psychoanalyzes,
And when once you glean what your fantasies mean
 Life will hold no more surprises.
When you've told your love what you're thinking of
 Things will be much more informal;
Through a sunlit land we'll go hand-in-hand,
 Drifting gently back to normal.

While the pale moon gleams, we will dream sweet dreams,
 And I'll win your admiration,
For it's only fair to admit I'm there
 With a mean interpretation.
In the sunrise glow we will whisper low
 Of the scenes our dreams have painted,
And when you're advised what they symbolized
 We'll begin to feel acquainted.
So we'll gaily float in a slumber boat
 Where subconscious waves dash wildly;
In the stars' soft light, we will say good-night—
 And “good-night!” will put it mildly.

Our desires shall be from repressions free—
 As it's only right to treat them.
To your ego's whims I will sing sweet hymns,
 And ad libido repeat them.
With your hand in mine, idly we'll recline
 Amid bowers of neuroses,
While the sun seeks rest in the great red west
 We will sit and match psychoses.
So come dwell a while on that distant isle
 In the brilliant tropic weather;
Where a Freud in need is a Freud indeed,
 We'll always be Jung together.

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