Wednesday, April 28, 2010

i thank You God for most this amazing

ee cummings

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
wich 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 unimaginable You?

(now the ears of my ears awake and
now the eyes of my eyes are opened)
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and then something a little lighter
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nobody loses all the time

i had an uncle named
Sol who was a born failure and
nearly everybody said he should have gone
into vaudeville perhaps because my Uncle Sol could
sing McCann He Was A Diver on Xmas Eve like Hell Itself which
may or may not account for the fact that my Uncle

Sol indulged in that possibly most inexcusable
of all to use a highfalootin phrase
luxuries that is or to
wit farming and be
it needlessly
added

my Uncle Sol's farm
failed because the chickens
ate the vegetables so
my Uncle Sol had a
chicken farm till the
skunks ate the chickens when

my Uncle Sol
had a skunk farm but
the skunks caught cold and
died so
my Uncle Sol imitated the
skunks in a subtle manner

or by drowning himself in the watertank
but somebody who'd given my Unde Sol a Victor
Victrola and records while he lived presented to
him upon the auspicious occasion of his decease a
scrumptious not to mention splendiferous funeral with
tall boys in black gloves and flowers and everything and

i remember we all cried like the Missouri
when my Uncle Sol's coffin lurched because
somebody pressed a button
(and down went
my Uncle
Sol

and started a worm farm)

7 comments:

furiousBall said...

you know who loves ee and has two thumbs?

this guy

Doug said...

I love the Uncle Sol poem. That's new to me.

Quilly said...

that uncle sol
he was just dying to succeed

ee always tickles my funny bone

coopernicus said...

there once was a lady from trent,
ahhhh, never mind....

actonbell said...

I like this, and I've never really read much poetry at all, and certainly not e e cummings. Thanks for the nugget.

lime said...

somehow i think uncle sol smiled down on that little ode.

Logophile said...

Van~ THAT is why I like you so much...
because you have two thumbs :p

Doug~ It seems more along your lines than some of his others that I like.

Quilly~ me too!

Cooper~ That is poetry too

Actonbell~ I'm so glad you liked it then. I am all for showing folks new poetry they like.

Limey~ Well, at least he got an immortalization out of the deal.