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e.e. cummings

because it's

because it's


dare to do people

(& not
the other way

round)because it

's A

Lives lead their own


of everybodyelse's)but

what's wholly
marvellous my


is that you &
i are more than you

& i(be


e It's we)

________________ who knows if the moon's who knows if the moon's a balloon,coming out of a keen city in the sky--filled with pretty people? (and if you and i should get into it,if they should take me and take you into their baloon, why then we'd go up higher with all the pretty people than houses and steeples and clouds: go sailing away and away sailing into a keen city which nobody's ever visited,where always             it's                     Spring)and everyone's in love and flowers pick themselves ___________________ it is at moments after i have dreamed it is at moments after i have dreamed of the rare entertainment of your eyes, when (being fool to fancy) i have deemed with your peculiar mouth my heart made wise; at moments when the glassy darkness holds the genuine apparition of your smile (it was through tears always)and silence moulds such strangeness as was mine a little while; moments when my once more illustrious arms are filled with fascination, when my breast wears the intolerant brightness of your charms: one pierced moment whiter than the rest -turning from the tremendous lie of sleep i watch the roses of the day grow deep. ____________________ if strangers meet if strangers meet life begins- not poor not rich (only aware) kind neither nor cruel (only complete) i not not you not possible; only truthful -truthfully,once if strangers(who deep our most are selves)touch: forever (and so to dark) ____________________ may my heart always be open to little may my heart always be open to little birds who are the secrets of living whatever they sing is better than to know and if men should not hear them men are old may my mind stroll about hungry and fearless and thirsty and supple and even if it's sunday may i be wrong for whenever men are right they are not young and may myself do nothing usefully and love yourself so more than truly there's never been quite such a fool who could fail pulling all the sky over him with one smile _______________ Beautiful Beautiful  is the  unmea  ning  of(sil  ently)fal  ling(e  ver  yw  here)s  Now  _______________ I carry your heart with me (I carry it in my heart) i carry your heart with me(i carry it in  my heart)i am never without it(anywhere  i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done  by only me is your doing,my darling)       i fear  not fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want  no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)  and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant  and whatever a sun will always sing is you  here is the deepest secret nobody knows  (here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud  and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows  higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)  and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart  i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)  ___________________ i thank You G-d for this amazing day i thank You God for most this amazing day:for the leaping greenly spirits of trees and a blue true dream of sky;and for everything which is natural which is infinite which is yes (i who have died am alive again today, and this is the sun's birthday;this is the birth day of life and love and wings:and of the gay great happening illimitably earth) how should tasting touching hearing seeing breathing any-lifted from the no of all nothing-human merely being doubt unimaginably You? (now the ears of my ears awake and now the eyes of my eyes are opened) _________________ "To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing it's best,
night and day, to make you everybody else means to
fight the hardest battle any human being can fight." _________________ Number 79 let it go-the smashed word broken open vow or the oath cracked length wise-let it go it was sworn to                      go let them go-the truthful liars and the false fair friends and the boths and neithers-you must let them go they were born                 to go let all go-the big small middling tall bigger really the biggest and all things-let all go dear        so comes love ________________ who are you, little i who are you,little i  (five or six years old)  peering from some high  window;at the gold  of November sunset  (and feeling:that if day  has to become night  this is a beautiful way)  _____________________ since feeling is first since feeling is first who pays any attention to the syntax of things will never wholly kiss you; wholly to be a fool while Spring is in the world my blood approves, and kisses are a far better fate than wisdom lady i swear by all flowers. Don't cry --the best gesture of my brain is less than your eyelids' flutter which says we are for eachother: then laugh, leaning back in my arms for life's not a paragraph And death i think is no parenthesis ______________________ here's to opening and upward,to leaf and to sap here's to opening and upward, to leaf and to sap and to your(in my arms flowering so new) self whose eyes smell of the sound of rain and here's to silent certainly mountains;and to a disappearing poet of always,snow and to morning;and to morning's beautiful friend twilight(and a first dream called ocean)and let must or if be damned with whomever's afraid down with ought with because with every brain which thinks it thinks,nor dares to feel(but up with joy;and up with laughing and drunkenness) here's to one undiscoverable guess of whose mad skill each world of blood is made (whose fatal songs are moving in the moon ____________________ l(a) l(a le af fa ll s) one l iness _________________ "i'd rather learn from one bird how
to sing than teach ten thousand
stars how not to dance" __________________ If If freckles were lovely, and day was night, And measles were nice and a lie warn't a lie, Life would be delight,-- But things couldn't go right For in such a sad plight I wouldn't be I. If earth was heaven and now was hence, And past was present, and false was true, There might be some sense But I'd be in suspense For on such a pretense You wouldn't be you. If fear was plucky, and globes were square, And dirt was cleanly and tears were glee Things would seem fair,-- Yet they'd all despair, For if here was there We wouldn't be we. _____________________ More e.e. cummings poetry