Guest poem submitted by Sonya Bhagat:
(Poem #454) If I have made, my lady, intricate
If I have made, my lady, intricate imperfect various things chiefly which wrong your eyes (frailer than most deep dreams are frail) songs less firm than your body's whitest song upon my mind - if I have failed to snare the glance too shy - if through my singing slips the very skilful strangeness of your smile the keen primeval silence of your hair - let the world say "his most wise music stole nothing from death" - you will only create (who are so perfectly alive) my shame: lady whose profound and fragile lips the sweet small clumsy feet of April came into the ragged meadow of my soul.
After "somewhere i have never travelled... not even the rain has such small hands" he comes very close to expressing the inexpressible, conjuring sights, sounds and sensations akin to what it must feel to hold spun strands of gold or crystal. One is afraid to read it lest it be dented even slightly. Sonya. [thomas adds] It's true. Rarely have I come across a poem as delicate as this (and as delicately beautiful). cummings rocks.