Jennifer C

During her first year at Harvard,

autumn 1987,

she invited me into her dorm room

and read me an E E Cummings poem

("if everything happens that can't be done").

It's been well over thirty years,

and I can still clearly see

her librarianish eyeglasses,

her olive skin, her eyebrows

each like an elbow in the ribs,

and her bare toes poking out

from under her denim-clad thighs

as she sat crosslegged on her mattress.





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Written on 2021-11-14 at 08:50

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jim The PoetBay support member heart!
You bring the past forward, vividly.

The cummings poem is one of his loveliest, sweetest, most charming. I can't help but think a kiss would have been welcomed.
2021-11-14


1LFD
Bet you can't remember the poem!
2021-11-14


Alan J Ripley The PoetBay support member heart!
Hi Tom
We all sometimes,
Playback within our minds.
The choices of could have,
This poem brought this to the fore,
Thanks for posting.
2021-11-14