from 73 Poems by E.E. Cummings

This weekend for the low price of a quarter I purchased a hardback edition of 73 Poems by E.E. Cummings. It is not one of his best books, but there’s still some fine work from him. One of my favorites from the book:

for any ruffian of the sky
your kingbird doesn’t give a damn-
his royal warcry is I AM
and he’s the soul of chivalry

in terror of whose furious beak
(as sweetly singing creatures know)
cringes the hugest heartless hawk
and veers the vast most crafty crow

your kingbird doesn’t give a damn
for murderers of high estate
whose mongrel creed is Might Makes Right
-his royal warcry is I AM

true to his mate his chicks his friends
he loves because he cannot fear
(you see it in the way he stand
and looks and leaps upon the air)
bird

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