neither awake by ee cummings

neither awake
1947

(while anyone might slowly count to soon)
rose – did you see her? darling, did you (kiss
me) quickly count to never? you were wrong

– then all the way from perfect nowhere came

(as easily as we forget something)
livingest the imaginable moon

neither awake
(there’s your general
yas by gad)
not sleep

booted and spurred
with an apish grin
(extremely like
but quite absurd

gloved fist on hip
& the scowl of a cannibal)
there’s your mineral
general animal

(five foot five)
neither dead
nor alive
(in real the rain)

ee cummings

ee Cummings
Born: 14 October 1894, Massachusetts, USA
Nationality: American
Died: 3 September 1962, New Hampshire, USA

ee cummings was a poet, painter, playwright and author. With an oeuvre of 2900 poems, two autobiographical novels, several essays and four plays he is regarded as one of the most important American poets of the 20th century. Cummings is associated with modernist free-form poetry with much of his work composed of idiosyncratic syntax and lower case spelling for poetic expression

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