When god lets my body be


when god lets my body be
From each brave eye shall sprout a tree
fruit that dangles therefrom
the purpled world will dance upon
Between my lips which did sing
a rose shall beget the spring
that maidens whom passion wastes
will lay between their little breasts
My strong fingers beneath the snow
Into strenuous birds shall go
my love walking in the grass
their wings will touch with her face
and all the while shall my heart be
With the bulge and nuzzle of the sea
Edward Estlin Cummings (1894-1962), Tulips & Chimneys, Thomas Seltzer, New York
Cover Image:
Henri Rousseau,  La Charmeuse de serpents,1907, oil on canvas, cm 167 x 189,5 Paris, Musée d’Orsay © RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d’Orsay)/Hervé Lewandowski
The artwork is on show from March 5 to July 5 at Palazzo Ducale (Venice) in the exhibition Henri Rousseau. Il candore arcaico (www.mostrarousseau.it)

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