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Short poem

e. e. cummings (1894-1962)

Humanity i love you

              1Humanity i love you
              2because you would rather black the boots of
              3success than enquire whose soul dangles from his
              4watch-chain which would be embarrassing for both

              5parties and because you
              6unflinchingly applaud all
              7songs containing the words country home and
              8mother when sung at the old howard

              9Humanity i love you because
            10when you're hard up you pawn your
            11intelligence to buy a drink and when
            12you're flush pride keeps

            13you from the pawn shop and
            14because you are continually committing
            15nuisances but more
            16especially in your own house

            17Humanity i love you because you
            18are perpetually putting the secret of
            19life in your pants and forgetting
            20it's there and sitting down

            21on it
            22and because you are
            23forever making poems in the lap
            24of death Humanity

            25i hate you


8] the old howard: the Old Howard in Scollay Square, Boston, a vaudeville house.

12] flush: well-off, in the money.

Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: XLI Poems (New York: Dial Press, [April 11,] 1925): 38. Firmage A5, Berg Collection, New York Public Library. Autographed copy.
First publication date: 1925
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 2000.
Recent editing: 2:2001/12/12

Form: mainly quatrains of variable-length lines
Rhyme: unrhyming

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