Posted: March 8, 2016 in Musings, Poetry
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e. e. cummings is a poet I enjoyed while growing up and probably the reason I don’t use capital letters in my name unless signing something, although I use them elsewhere, being the English/grammar nerd I am.

I find it ironic that there are three somewhat random caps in the poem and I love the way he used spacing and hyphens as well as sometimes smushing words together. When I lived in Steamboat Springs, Colorado for a few year, spring was certainly mud-luscious!  In fact, we had mud season between winter and spring and at the library, everyone left their shoes at the door.  Wasn’t spring “puddle-wonderful” when you were a child, when puddles were still places to float boats and stomp in, rather than irritations that soaked your good shoes?

There are photos and poems that make you “feel” whatever they show.  This poem is spring for me: the anticipation after a long winter, the child-like joy of play and make-believe, that inexpressible feeling in your heart that any and everything is possible.

[in Just-]
By e. e. cummings
in Just-
spring          when the world is mud-
luscious the little
lame balloonman

whistles          far          and wee

and eddieandbill come
running from marbles and
piracies and it's

when the world is puddle-wonderful

the queer
old balloonman whistles
far          and             wee
and bettyandisbel come dancing

from hop-scotch and jump-rope and




balloonMan          whistles

  1. e e is one of my favorite poets. I memorized the opening stanza in my teens, and I still recite it at moments when i feel a little down or want to heighten a sense of appreciation for a day, a moment, or for innocence.

    Along with:
    “sweet spring is your
    time is my time is our
    time for springtime is lovetime
    and viva sweet love”


  2. Dan Antion says:

    e. e. cummings is a poet whose writing I always enjoyed. I like the way he introduced a physical structure to his poems.

  3. Galen says:

    The way that poets
    arrange their words
    and unique use of punctuation
    and unique use of grammar
    and unique use of space
    has always fascinated me…

    It is a work of art
    on the page itself…

    • It adds a visual beauty and meaning to a verbal medium, Galen, which is, as you say, fascinating. I find it frustrating that on WP, or at least on my theme, I have to use a presentation that makes the background grey in order for the formatting to stay the same. But I do it because the formatting is important to me.


  4. Lindy Le Coq says:

    Thanks for sharing this, Janet! One of my favorites is “maggie and millie and molly and may…”

  5. pommepal says:

    I have never really been a poetry reading sort of person. Adventure, travel and non fiction “how-to” type books are on my shelves. But this poem makes me feel spring and the joy of children playing. With the wonderful world of Google at my fingertips I am going to surf around further in to e.e. cummings poetic world. Thank you janet.

  6. Allan G. Smorra says:

    Ahhh, yes—mud season. Thanks for the reminder. In the late ’70s I worked at the powerhouse in Craig, Colorado and went horseback riding after work in Steamboat Springs. Gorgeous country.

    • It’s beautiful. I imagine it’s quite different from when we were there in the late 70’s. I met guys who worked at the power plant and then got laid off during the winter so they could ski.