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an ee cummings poem for you

November 19, 2008
from film The Red Balloon

from film The Red Balloon

in Just-
spring       when the world is mud-
luscious the little
lame balloonman

whistles       far       and wee

and eddieandbill come
running from marbles and
piracies and it’s
spring

when the world is puddle-wonderful

the queer
old balloonman whistles
far       and       wee
and bettyandisbel come dancing

from hop-scotch and jump-rope and

it’s
spring
and
the

goat-footed

balloonMan       whistles
far
and
wee

    e.e. cummings

    It’s the birthday of one of the most generous and prolific poet bloggers around– gingaTao Paul’s birthday today! It is spring time in Australia, and there’s going to be a Grateful Palate warehouse sale of Australian wine on Saturday in Camarillo California (post to follow) so there is lots to celebrate no matter where you are with balloons and pan singing us songs of fecundity! So come dancing with us! A-bun-dance be yours in this puddle-wonderful uni-verse!

    Go here to see the poem where I found it and with correct formatting.

    Go here for more about the film, The Red Balloon.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 19, 2008 2:59 am

    Woohoo, thankyou! One of my all-time favourite poems. Watch out for that balloon man, he’s goat-footed remember. Haha, the beautiful thing about ee that I’ve always tried to keep in mind is the subtle depth to his work. ‘Prolific’, you say. I think about Goethe and Shakespeare, all done by hand and in candlelight. All I do is arrange a couple of dozen words on a page each day. When I first decided I wanted to be a writer, 28 years ago, I went looking for advice and most of it was silliness, just as most of what is written about writing now is sillyness. The only thing I found which I’ve always remembered is that a writer writes and I have been, nearly everyday since. Not so much prolific as patient. Thanks for the birthday wishes, the main achievement of my blogging career so far has been connecting to a handful of people who are willing to overlook my many foibles and eccentricities and as a result have become firm friends. You are most certainly one of them, Gwendolyn. Thankyou,

  2. November 19, 2008 5:57 am

    yay! I am glad you like the poem I chose for you!

    Never a day without a line, goes the saying, often attributed to Donald Murray. It’s such good advice–the best way to get better at writing is by writing, and by reading great writers who challenge us and make us think a little, stretch us, expand us.

    and I’m glad to call you friend as well.

    Enough speech making! Light the candles on the cake! Pop the champagne!

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