April 7, 2009

Spring is like a perhaps hand

~~ e.e. cummings

Spring is like a perhaps hand
(which comes carefully
out of Nowhere) arranging
a window,into which people look
(while people stare
arranging and changing placing
carefully there a strange
thing and a known thing here) and

changing everything carefully

spring is like a perhaps
Hand in a window
(carefully to
and fro moving New and
Old things,while
people stare carefully
moving a perhaps
fraction of flower here placing
an inch of air there) and

without breaking anything.

e.e. cummings is a favorite poet of mine, along with W.H. Auden and Emily Dickinson...maybe I could add a few others (Neurada, Rilke). when I was younger I wanted to be a poet. be able to wrap words up in pretty and descriptive packages...but I never liked my poetry. then I wanted to write the great american novel when I was a senior in high school - however, my version of the world consisted of either reading list books such as Little Women, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, and Secret Garden...or Harlequin romances. Neither was a world vision.

so, I just get to sit and savor beautiful words. I cannot duplicate their beauty by my writing - I only try to pay tribute with my photography.


  1. I love cummings. And Neruda, Rilke, Machado, Lorca, Akmatova, Mary Oliver, and, especially Rumi. Spring is just right for poetry.

  2. You have found your niche, then. And you are lucky to have done so. (As are we).

  3. Lovely poem ya? I also love it and ever posted it a while ago to wish everybody's spring to come. Have a nice spring! love your photographs! =)

  4. thanks y'all. Gabby - I almost chose a Rilke instead of this one I debated....but this one suited me today.

  5. yes the images speak as much as the words Char...

  6. I am so totally amazed by your photography. Love it.

  7. i am new to e. e. cummings poetry. i really like his work.

  8. Ummm, I beg to differ...your photography is wonderful and fresh...clean and full of stories, but you have so much talent ion your writing!
    I do so enjoy visiting!

  9. What a wonderful way to interpret beautiful words, bringing their meaning to another art form.

  10. Your ability to capture images is way better than words. I'm a poet, or a wannabe poet, and I wish I could take pictures like you!

  11. awww sweetie...your photos are pure magic with or without words !!

    and "little women"...an all time favorite of mine and I just bought a vintage copy of it in beautiful condition at a used book sale at our library for 50 cents !!!
    {I think it was a mistake, but I grabbed it and paid and walked out with a smile}

  12. e.e. cummings is my favorite also. i never get tired of his pieces.

    you pay him stunning tribute with your images :)

  13. beth - 50 cents???? I would have snapped it up too. I have a great edition of Little Men but not of Little Women.

  14. I am so glad I got off romance novels. Those things are dangerous!

  15. ... what you say in photos is beyond words:)

  16. my sentiments exactly!

    and i love cummings, longfellow, rilke for starters... :)

  17. Check out my April 7 post for a surprise for you.

  18. your words & photography are excellent, always to be savored.

  19. love the tulips, and i think ee would be proud to be along side your work.

  20. Aaaaah SPRING!
    Time to try new things... let me know when you are ready to do a joint project!
    Your photos... my paintings!!!

  21. I love e.e. cummings but the first time I came across him I thought something was really wrong with him, he did not live in a poetry box, so to speak. Now that is the whole reason I love it.

    Love the post below. It is so good to remember our loved ones.

  22. Just when I think I don't have the patience or appreciation for poetry, I read some special poem like this and wonder why I don't read poetry all the time.

    We had a spring day like this a few days ago. The rain is back now but I'm hoping it will feel like this again tomorrow.

    Lovely post.

  23. Oh, I love all the poets you listed, and Billy Collins. Especially Billy Collins. You know him?


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