Earth Day Poems by E E Cummings

Pacifist and innovative stylist, Edward Estlin Cummings 
was born in 1894 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. 
A structural non-conformist, Cummings self-published
until the counterculture of the 50's and 60's discovered him.

DSC01173"as is the sea marvelous" 

as is the sea marvelous
from god’s
hands which sent her forth
to sleep upon the world

and the earth withers
the moon crumbles
one by one
stars flutter into dust

but the sea
does not change
and she goes forth out of hands and
she returns into hands

and is with sleep….

love,
    the breaking

of your
        soul
        upon
my lips


Yellow mountain
"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)

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