Spring Poem for a Puddle Day

spring poemIn honor of the first day of spring happening this weekend, this week’s Friday Findings is a poem that makes me think of puddles, flowers, and sunshine smiles.

I’ve adored this poem for ages. The poet, e.e. cummings, is a favorite. I adore cummings’ work so much, that I have a lavender filled, anti-stress teddy bear named e.e. 

“In Just-” was published in 1922 as a “Chansons Innocentes” in Tulips & Chimneys. I carry a handwritten copy of this poem in my wallet at all time. It is also the origin of my favorite word, which will remain my secret. If you don’t know much about e.e. cummings, you should read the Poetry Foundation’s bio of him. Susan Cheever’s biography of him has been on my TBR list for ages!

spring poem

In Just-
by e.e. cummings

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
spring

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

it’s
spring
and
the

goat-footed

balloonMan          whistles
far
and
wee

spring poem

 

 

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