my finest new comma comma

sister Bell aiming at the latest

 

circus-war and what

is less did you most just

what everyone is smiling

comma

my aunt comma

Lucyhell comma made one

(and

one)off flips proof water

comma zigzags comma

 

my grandma hoping comma

that

 

a trapezoid and I

would flop comma

bravely on the course of air comma

in pair comma

 

selves satisfied comma

happy dreaming

 

bye your grin and eyes

on mine

comma comma

yours  Comma

———

Source: my sweet old etcetera by e. e. cummings

my sweet old etcetera

aunt lucy during the recent

 

war could and what

is more did tell you just

what everybody was fighting

 

for,

my sister

 

Isabel created hundreds

(and

hundreds)of socks not to

mention fleaproof earwarmers

etcetera wristers etcetera, my

mother hoped that

 

i would die etcetera

bravely of course my father used

to become hoarse talking about how it was

a privilege and if only he

could meanwhile my

 

self etcetera lay quietly

in the deep mud et

 

cetera

(dreaming,

et

cetera, of

Your smile

eyes knees and of your Etcetera)

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