Sunday, January 20, 2008

My New Favorite Poem

Just thought I'd share. Ask Nat if you want it explained. :P

if i believe
by: e.e. cummings

if i believe
in death be sure
of this
it is

because you have loved me,
moon and sunset
stars and flowers
gold creshendo and silver muting

of seatides
i trusted not,
one night
when in my fingers

drooped your shining body
when my heart
sang between your perfect

darkness and beauty of stars
was on my mouth petals danced
against my eyes
and down

the singing reaches of
my soul
the green--

greeting pale
departing irrevocable
i knew thee death.

and when
i have offered up each fragrant
night,when all my days
shall have before a certain

face become

from the ashes
thou wilt rise and thou
wilt come to her and brush

the mischief from her eyes and fold
mouth the new
flower with

thy unimaginable
wings,where dwells the breath
of all persisting stars

From "Tulips and Chimneys", 1923


NOT Freddy Jones said...

That's quite beautiful, Ethan. Not quite my style of poetry, but very beautiful, all the same.

Ethan said...

Yeah, it really is. I'm liking Cummings more and more, though he's something of an acquired taste. This poem really is pretty inarguably great.

Bruce Gee said...

perfect breasts??
got my attention.

man ee cummings i was reading at 19. he's come back around again?

Ethan said...


I don't know how widespread his "revival" is, but I've been seeing him a few places of late.

Anan said...

Oooooookaaaaayyyy... *backs away slowly while holding a shield in front of her*

Ethan said...

It's a great poem. Get over it.

Anan said...

That doesn't make you un-scary. :p *poke*

Ethan said...


Why would I want to be un-scary? :P