Wednesday, April 15, 2009

e. e. cummings on spring

For everyone who ever posted a photograph of flowers on Today’s Flowers...

For lovers of daffodils, lilacs, and roses...

For the people of Puyallup, Washington; Rochester, New York; and Tyler, Texas...

For anyone who ever beheld the lilies of the field and knew they toil not, neither do they spin, yet Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these...

A poem:

in time of daffodils
by E. E. Cummings

in time of daffodils(who know
the goal of living is to grow)
forgetting why,remember how

in time of lilacs who proclaim
the aim of waking is to dream,
remember so(forgetting seem)

in time of roses(who amaze
our now and here with paradise)
forgetting if,remember yes

in time of all sweet things beyond
whatever mind may comprehend,
remember seek(forgetting find)

and in a mystery to be
(when time from time shall set us free)
forgetting me,remember me


  1. I qualify on the second and fourth items.
    I enjoyed the poem.

  2. It almost makes me believe it is spring, Mr. RWP, thank you.

  3. Oh, Bob, thank you. I love daffodils. I love lilacs. I love roses. I love Cummings. This was a treat.

  4. I just read in a book that Emily Dickinson once wrote in a letter to relatives that the only commandment she had ever faithfully kept was "Consider the lilies....".

  5. A veritable bouquet of a poem...

  6. I enjoy reading your comments!

    Dr. John - What?! Only the second and fourth?!

    Reamus - It IS spring, you numbskull!

    Ruth Hull Chatllien - One could do worse than oving daffodils, lilacs, roses, and e. e. cummings....

    Jeannelle - Great quote from Emily Dickinson!

    jinksy - I thought so, too!

  7. Correction: oving --> loving

    An editor's life for me!