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I have always been partial to e.e. cummings although I know he tends to engender either shining adoration or pure-black hatred in people. It seems to me that his poems express joy better than nearly anyones. Joy in living, joy in love, joy in language. I bet he bounced in his seat when he finished writing one. I sometimes bounce in my seat when I finish reading one. Like this one, for example. :)

you shall above all things be glad and young
by e.e. cummings

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

More great poetry is over here at Poetry Thursday
mood: busy
music: machine gun fire and breaking glass (from some movie on TV)


For me, he engenders shining love. He's just so kooky and wonderful and I can hear all the words falling

The funny thing is - I was reading this awesome book and there was this quote from Mr. e.e. - the last two lines of the poem. I highlighted it furiously. And here it is again! But I do love:

and if you are glad
whatever's living will yourself become


Duh, that was me, Sam. Of the I Ams.

~Sam :)

me, too! such good advice :)

(no subject) - (Anonymous)

It IS a rather unfortunate last name, isn't it? :D

Like it like it.


Isn't that the truest line..whatever life you wear.."it will become you......."if you are young..I wonder if the young realize just how beautiful they are...And the last pure magic....cummings is my fav of favs..thanks for sharing..


you're welcome. thanks for stopping by :)

I'm among the shining set as well, and thanks for sharing this lovely tidbit!


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