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Untitled -- e e cummings

Guest poem submitted by Anustup Datta :
(Poem #311) Untitled
"think of it: not so long ago
    this was a village"
"yes; i know"

"of human beings who prayed and sang,
    or am i wrong?"
"no, you're not wrong"

"and worked like hell six days out of seven"
"to die as they lived: in the hope of heaven"

"didn't two roads meet here?"
    "they did;
and over yonder a schoolhouse stood"

"do i remember a girl with blue-
    sky eyes and sun-yellow hair?"
"do you?"

        "absolutely"
     "that's very odd,
for i've never forgotten one frecklefaced lad'

"what could have happened to her and him?"
"maybe they walked and called it a dream"

"in this dream were there green and gold
    meadows?"
"through which a lazy brook strolled"

"wonder if clover still smells that way;
    up in the mow"
"full of newmown hay"

"and the shadows and sounds and silences"
"Yes, a barn could be a magical place"

"nothing's the same, is it?"
    "something still
remains, my friend, and always will"

        "namely?"
    "if any woman knows,
one man in a million ought to guess"

"what of the dreams that never die?"
"turn to your left at the end of the sky"

"where are the girls whose breasts begin?"
"under the boys who fish with a pin"
-- e e cummings
One of the really original poets of the first half of the
century, cummings is sadly labelled too often an
'experimenter with form'. This label tends to gloss over his
worderfully evocative language and mastery of love poetry.
Today's poem is not the most celebrated of his oeuvre, but
captures the quiddity of his art - wonderfully constructed
poetic scheme, beautiful use of words and images, poignancy
of emotion - quite unconsciously, it raises a lump in your
throat. Do read it aloud.

Anustup.

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Donovan said...

i think that this is a pretty cool poem, send it to a friend why don't ya
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