Friday, January 14, 2005

Friday Poetry Blogging

e. e. cummings has always been one of my favorite poets. I know some of his stuff gets a little twee, but I've always really liked how he plays with language, like a kid plays with a beloved toy. Here's one of his that seemed right for this week.

all ignorance toboggans into know, by e. e. cummings
all ignorance toboggans into know
and trudges up to ignorance again:
but winter's not forever,even snow
melts;and if spring should spoil the game,what then?

all history's a winter sport or three:
but were it five,i'd still insist that all
history is too small for even me;
for me and you,exceedingly too small.

Swoop(shrill collective myth)into thy grave
merely to toil the scale to shrillerness
per every madge and mabel dick and dave
--tomorrow is our permanent address

and there they'll scarcely find us(if they do,
we'll move away still further:into now