japonisme: sing in the year

01 January 2008

sing in the year

maggie and milly and molly and may

maggie and milly and molly and may

went down to the beach(to play one day)

and maggie discovered a shell that sang

so sweetly she couldn't remember her troubles,and

milly befriended a stranded star

whose rays five languid fingers were;

and molly was chased by a horrible thing

which raced sideways while blowing bubbles:and

may came home with a smooth round stone

as small as a world and as large as alone.

For whatever we lose(like a you or a me)

it's always ourselves we find in the sea

E. E. Cummings

from The Complete Poems: 1904-1962 by E. E. Cummings; Copyright © 1991

(perhaps from all this you can make a perpetual january. at least this year january 1907 seems to fit. i have some mays and i will look for other months. i wonder if we'll ever have a year.)

happy new year everyone.

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Blogger David Apatoff said...

Another very nice poem in another very nice posting. Happy new year, Lily-- I look forward to reading you in 2008.

02 January, 2008 11:44  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

thank you david--and i you. happy new year to you as well!

02 January, 2008 12:02  
Anonymous florizelle said...

Happy new year, dearest L., and thank you for your beautiful gifts !

02 January, 2008 14:51  
Blogger Princess Haiku said...

Happy New Year to you too, Lotus. I like this poem and the charming calender reminds me of ones from my childhood. I have to get my main computer fixed and it is taking me a while to get back to full steam. Are you ready for the three storms? It's about time we had a major winter storm.

02 January, 2008 17:38  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

oh thank you florizelle, and for inspiration always, merci.

02 January, 2008 20:50  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

i was actually out the door before 9:30 this morning, which is unheard of for me, cause i wanted to get to trader joes and home again before the storms. a lot of other people had the same idea.

i also have already put my garbage at the street for the friday pickup.

stay warm and dry, dear!

03 January, 2008 12:42  
Blogger Sabine said...

Wow, another beautiful post! Where do you keep getting all these wonderful images?? Are these calendars from Belgium or Holland? (because of the spelling of "januari").
And I also want to wish you a Happy New Year!

04 January, 2008 03:56  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

thank you and happy new year to you as well sabine!

he's dutch, hoytema, and i frequently don't remember where i get the images (unless it's from someone else's blog, in which case i always credit it).

04 January, 2008 09:00  

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