e. e. cummings (1894-1962)
2little silent Christmas tree
3you are so little
4you are more like a flower
5who found you in the green forest
6and were you very sorry to come away?
7see i will comfort you
8because you smell so sweetly
9i will kiss your cool bark
10and hug you safe and tight
11just as your mother would,
12only don't be afraid
13look the spangles
14that sleep all the year in a dark box
15dreaming of being taken out and allowed to shine,
16the balls the chains red and gold the fluffy threads,
17put up your little arms
18and i'll give them all to you to hold
19every finger shall have its ring
20and there won't be a single place dark or unhappy
21then when you're quite dressed
22you'll stand in the window for everyone to see
23and how they'll stare!
24oh but you'll be very proud
25and my little sister and i will take hands
26and looking up at our beautiful tree
27we'll dance and sing
Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department
of English, University of Toronto.
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Original text: "CHANSONS INNOCENTES," II, XLI Poems (New York: Dial Press, 1925): 22. Firmage A5, Berg Collection, New York Public Library.
First publication date:
Publication date note: The Dial 68.1 (Jan. 1920): 22
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 2000.
Recent editing: 2:2001/12/12
Form: quatrains of variable-length lines
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