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e. e. cummings (1894-1962)

who knows if the moon's


              1who knows if the moon's
              2a baloon,coming out of a keen city
              3in the sky--filled with pretty people?
              4(and if you and i should

              5get into it,if they
              6should take me and take you into their baloon,
              7why then
              8we'd go up higher with all the pretty people

              9than houses and steeples and clouds:
            10go sailing
            11away and away sailing into a keen
            12city which nobody's ever visited,where

            13always
            14            it's
            15                   Spring)and everyone's
            16in love and flowers pick themselves


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: :N," "&: Seven Poems," VII, & (New York: Privately Printed, 1925): 64. Firmage A4a, Berg Collection, New York Public Library.
First publication date: 1925
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 2000.
Recent editing: 2:2001/12/12

Form: free
Rhyme: unrhyming
Form note: variable-length lines and stanzas


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