Poetry Thursday: IV

Hello! It’s that day of the week again, Happy Poetry Tuesday!! This week’s poem is from E E Cummings (1894-1962). I won’t into detail about his character, but suffice it to say that Cummings was a very vibrant individual whose life is worth looking into as a backdrop for his poetry. I picked the following poem because I think it’s a  very good example of his unique style, and I love the way Cummings plays by his own rules. I hope you enjoy, and come back next week for another addition of Poetry Tuesday 🙂

 

O Sweet Spontaneous

O sweet spontaneous
earth how often have
the
doting

            fingers of
prurient philosophers pinched
and
poked

thee
, has the naughty thumb
of science prodded
thy

        beauty, how
often have religions taken
thee upon their scraggy knees
squeezing and

buffeting thee that thou mightest conceive
gods
(but
true

to the incomparable
couch of death thy
rhythmic
lover

            thou answerest

them only with

            spring) – E E Cummings

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