Sunday, April 28, 2013

In Just-spring / E.E. Cummings


from Chansons Innocentes

I

in Just-
spring when the world is mud-
luscious the little
lame balloonman

whistles far and wee

and eddieandbill come
running from marbles and
piracies and it's
spring

when the world is puddle-wonderful

the queer
old balloonman whistles
far and  wee
and bettyandisbel come dancing

from hop-scotch and jump-rope and

it's
spring
and
   the
goat-footed

balloonMan whistles
far
and
wee

~~
E.E. Cummings, 1920
from Tulips and Chimneys, 1923

[Poem is in the public domain in Canada and the United States]

E.E. Cummings biography

1 comment:

  1. I've been waiting to blog this one. Cummings died in 1962, meaning that his poetry went into the public domain in Canada this past January, so I've been looking forward to addding him to the other poets represented there this year; but I wanted to start with "In Just-spring," which is one of my favorites.

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