Poetry Time

as freedom is a breakfastfood

By E. E. Cummings
as freedom is a breakfastfood
or truth can live with right and wrong
or molehills are from mountains made
—long enough and just so long
will being pay the rent of seem
and genius please the talentgang
and water most encourage flame

as hatracks into peachtrees grow
or hopes dance best on bald men’s hair
and every finger is a toe
and any courage is a fear
—long enough and just so long
will the impure think all things pure
and hornets wail by children stung

or as the seeing are the blind
and robins never welcome spring
nor flatfolk prove their world is round
nor dingsters die at break of dong
and common’s rare and millstones float
—long enough and just so long
tomorrow will not be too late

worms are the words but joy’s the voice
down shall go which and up come who
breasts will be breasts thighs will be thighs
deeds cannot dream what dreams can do
—time is a tree(this life one leaf)
but love is the sky and i am for you
just so long and long enough


Poetry Time

why:  no time for poetry.   after facebook, youtube, instagram, snapchat, tik tok, flip flop, linkedin, tuneidn, tunedout, twitter, snatcher, dewy, cheatum and howe, youseewhereI’m going no time for poetry.  And attention span. What?  oh yes, not long enough. To finish a poem, whole poem.

but:  there may be time in the coming moths and months to read a poem.  Print it, read in the bathroom.  In the bath. Put it on a tablet. Save paper.  Read it one parapet  at a time  (a parapet is a “an earthen or stone embankment protecting soldiers from enemy fire.” The enemy is banality, the banality of evil, blandness, newspeak, thought crime). Or read a poem just one line at a time.  Lines of poems may pop into your head in years to come out of nowhere, and you will suddenly see what the poet was saying.

why: poetry speaks at a subconscious level. One that we have replaced with 280 characters of spew-tum.  Poetry is the REM sleep of civilization.  We need it.

bonus: Listen to this poem read by the author.