thank you very much, mr cummings

Art Credit: John Bedford

Yesterday was the great poet’s birthday.  Edward Estlin Cummings was born in 1894.  His impact on American poetry–and on this particular American poet–is  inestimable.  Although it’s almost impossible to choose, here’s one of my all-time favorites, by the great man himself::

Spring is like a perhaps hand

Spring is like a perhaps hand
(which comes carefully
out of Nowhere)arranging
a window,into which people look(while
people stare
arranging and changing placing
carefully there a strange
thing and a known thing here)and

changing everything carefully

spring is like a perhaps
Hand in a window
(carefully to
and fro moving New and
Old things,while
people stare carefully
moving a perhaps
fraction of flower here placing
an inch of air there)and

without breaking anything.

                                  –e.e. cummings


Call Me (perhaps) Cate is awaiting your six word contribution over at SHOW MY FACE. 

17 thoughts on “SIX WORD SATURDAY

  1. i love e.e. cummings!

    i carry your heart with me(i carry it in

    i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
    my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
    i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done
    by only me is your doing,my darling)
    i fear
    no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
    no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
    and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
    and whatever a sun will always sing is you

    here is the deepest secret nobody knows
    (here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
    and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
    higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
    and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart

    i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)

  2. “a poet is someone who is abnormally fond of that precision which creates movement. Which is to say the highest form of concentration possible: fascination; to report on the electrifying experience of being”

    Thanks Ron

  3. Great poem! Wish it were spring! I am going to miss those day time thunderstorms. Which sometimes do, have loud thunder, btw. Thank for stopping by! : )

  4. Haven’t read any of his poety since high school; thanks for sharing this; might have to read some more soon; loved his description of spring!

    just visiting from 6WS 🙂

    hope your Sunday is a good one!


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