Sunday, April 18, 2010

National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry MonthErotic Horizon has suggested for bloggers to do something poetic. So here are a couple of my favorites.



[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

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
by Carl Sandberg
   The fog comes
on little cat feet.

It sits looking
over harbor and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on.


  1. Oh, I had forgotten about the mud-luscious world! Thanks for the reminder, Wren.

    The second one gives me the giggles now, after having cats. Based on the cats I know, that fog would be leaving dents on cars...

  2. Glad you're a fan of balloon man!

    My son's cats are fog-like (or ninja-like, maybe). One second, you're alone. Turn around, turn back and there are cats there, in your face. But, they have made their share of dents, too!

  3. Fabulous poems, Wren. I love ee cummings.

    The fog poem has such a great central image, although if it were my cat she'd pounce at the nearest skyscaper :).

  4. Jen: Eek! The image of kitty fang coming through a window as one sits in one's skyscraper office...

  5. Chris: Yeah, that is a bit like the stuff of nightmares :).

  6. Now I have an image in my head of huge cats forming out of tendrils of fog, invading the city, stirring terror in the hearts of all high-rise dwellers...

  7. Wren, you've chosen two of my favorites! I teach these two poems every semester.

  8. I used to teach them, too, Eyre!

  9. I'm such a poetry philistine, but even I remember the fog coming in on little cat feet and the goat-footed balloon man. Good to see these again. Great choices, Wren!

  10. Hi Wren..

    Thank you for taking up the challenge...

    I love Sandberg - Although I will admit my two fav or his are The Shovel Man and The Soiled Dove...

    Fog is beautiful...

    Thank you for sharing those two - I have not read a lot of EE Cummings - but I will be visiting more of his works now...

    P.S. - I love the fog pic, very apt..


  11. Hi Val! I've loved both these poems for a loooong time, but of course hadn't actually thought about them recently. This was a nice visit. :)

    Hi E.H. - e.e. cummings has strange and beautiful and visual poetry. There's a lot to sink your teeth into.

  12. I agree Wren - One poem I can remember clearly from Cummings is Dying is fine)But death...

    It's a relatively short piece, and took me a while "to get" and even when I did - I still didn't...

    I do find him a powerful poet - but only in small doses for me...

    I will try to read more of him though.


  13. Woot! The balloonman poem was the one that hooked me on cummings! Thanks for the reminder, Wren.

  14. E.H> I can understand the need for small doses. ee requires a fair bit of analysis, I think!

    K.Z. - You're welcome :)

  15. I love ee cummings. The Fog I'd never read, thanks for sharing.

  16. Hi Lily!
    Thanks for stopping by. The Fog is one of my favorites - so much in so few words!


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