why did you go
why did you go
you forgot to shut
your big eyes.
where did you go?
like little kittens
are all the leaves
which open in the rain.
little kittens who
are called spring,
is what we stroke
do you know?or maybe did
something go away
ever so quietly
when we weren't looking.
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First published as "V" in Seven Poems, in The Dial, Vol. 68, No. 1, January 1920
Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Gary Bachlund , "why did you go", 1984 [medium voice or high voice and piano], from chansons innocentes (1925), no. 1. [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by John Milton Cage (1912 - 1992), "Little Four Paws", published 1960 [contralto and piano], from 5 Songs for Contralto, no. 1. [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by Celius Dougherty (1902 - 1986), "Little Fourpaws", published 1946 [medium voice and piano], from Songs by E. E. Cummings [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by Daron Aric Hagen (b. 1961), "Why did you go?", from Echo's songs, no. 7. [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
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