Sunday, March 21, 2010

And it's spring ...

I'm so glad spring is officially here. Even though it's been a warmer than normal March, I'm happy to see the end of winter. But it's Minnesota and we can still get snow. Pansies are one of the first spring flowers in these parts. They tolerate cool weather quite well, but it's still too cold for them. In honor of spring, I want to share one of my favorite spring poems, by one of my favorite poets, e.e. cummings. I actually tried writing poetry in the cummings' style, without caps and punctuation, when I first started writing many years ago. But it didn't work for me. I think there's only one man who can do it successfully! And by the way, mud-luscious is a wonderful word, isn't it???

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

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



balloonMan whistles

e.e. cummings

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