Tuesday, May 20, 2008

you shall above all things

I haven't been reading enough poetry. Thanks to the comments in a friend's blog, I revisited some e.e. cummings this evening , and this one, um, spoke to me. Maybe all the girlboys and boygirls and acceptance of things for what they are.

I also loved the boys i mean are not refined but it's a little too intense for this quiet evening... all the masturbating with dynamite and shaking the world clash with my rice krispie treats and surfing and the tv downstairs and a long day's work done.

you shall above all things be glad and young
you shall above all things be glad and young
For if you're young,whatever life you wear

it will become you;and if you are glad
whatever's living will yourself become.
Girlboys may nothing more than boygirls need:
i can entirely her only love

whose any mystery makes every man's
flesh put space on;and his mind take off time

that you should ever think,may god forbid
and (in his mercy) your true lover spare:
for that way knowledge lies,the foetal grave
called progress,and negation's dead undoom.

I'd rather learn from one bird how to sing
than teach ten thousand stars how not to dance

1 comment:

toklas23 said...

i love ee cummings...he was so brilliant. i think my favorite poem of all times, by any poet, is "somewhere i have never travelled, gladly beyond." every time it rains, i think of that poem.

it's just lovely.


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