[in Just-] spring

For today’s not #WordlessWednesday, I’m sharing a delightful spring poem by e.e. cummings.  Cummings has a way of drawing readers into his world through enchanting word combinations, positioning, and imagery.

in [Just]
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
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
balloonMan          whistles

About the image: What says spring better than tulips? I shot these last spring while tulip-shooting with a friend. The purple tulips from the linked post were shot in the same area–perhaps, a different day.

17 thoughts on “[in Just-] spring

  1. franhunne4u says:

    I think the balloonman is quite a sinister figure here … but I may be wrong, as always.

    When I read goat-footed I am not sure it is not an allusion to the devil who is traditionally depicted with a goat’s foot.

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    • Chandra Lynn says:

      Oh definitely, there are some sinister notes here. Some readings associate the “goat foot” with lechery as well–which is really problematic when we think of the fact that much of the poem’s content focuses on kids. But there is a connection of satyrs with spring, so maybe, he ushers in spring…like we know it’s summer by the chimes of the ice cream man’s truck.


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