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10 April 2009

just because i just read this and thought it was perfect.  by e e cummings:

the hours rise up putting off stars and it is 
into the street of the sky light walks scattering poems  

on earth a candle is 
extinguished  the city 
with a song upon her mouth 
having death in her eyes  

and it is dawn
the world 
goes forth to murder dreams….  

i see in the street where strong 
men are digging bread 
and i see the brutal faces of 
people contented hideous hopeless cruel happy  

and it is day,  

in the mirror 
i see a frail man 
dreams in the mirror  

and it 
is dusk  on earth  

a candle is lighted 
and it is dark. 
the people are in their houses 
the frail man is in his bed 
the city  

sleeps with death upon her mouth having a song in her eyes 
the hours descend, 
putting on stars….  

in the street of the sky night walks scattering poems

3 Comments leave one →
  1. 11 April 2009 4:36 am

    ee cummings has really grown on me over the years. This one is my favorite: somewhere i have never travelledsomewhere i have never travelled, gladly beyondany experience, your eyes have their silence:in your most frail gesture are things which enclose me,or which i cannot touch because they are too nearyour slightest look easily will unclose methough i have closed myself as fingers,you open always petal by petal myself as Spring opens(touching skilfully, mysteriously) her first roseor if your wish be to close me, i andmy life will shut very beautifully, suddenly,as when the heart of this flower imaginesthe snow carefully everywhere descending;nothing which we are to perceive in this world equalsthe power of your intense fragility: whose texturecompels me with the colour of its countries,rendering death and forever with each breathing(i do not know what it is about you that closesand opens; only something in me understandsthe voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses)nobody, not even the rain, has such small hands

  2. 12 April 2009 8:30 pm

    I too love both of these! A couple of my favorite cummings. Love, love love.

  3. 13 April 2009 7:55 pm

    Thanks for sharing.

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