myodeiswritten (myodeiswritten) wrote in eecummings_,

A good one

I first encountered this one in Hayden Carruth's anthology The Voice That Is Great Within Us.  It's one of my all-time favorites by him, but oddly, I never see it anywhere.

than (by yon sunset's wintry glow
revealed) this strong tall stalward youth,
what sight shall human optics know
more quite ennobling forsooth?

One wondrous fine sonofabitch
(toward all purposes and intents)
in which distinct and rich
portrait should be included,gents

these (by the fire's ruddy glow
united) not less that sixteen
children and of course you know
their mother,of his heart the queen

—incalculable bliss!
Picture it gents:our hero,Dan
who as you've guessed already is
the poorbuthonest workingman

(by that bright flame whose myriad tints
enrich a visage simple, terse,
seated like any king or prince
upon his uncorrupted arse

with all his hearty soul aglow)
his nightly supper sups
it isn't snowing snow you know
it's snowing buttercups

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