the bigness of cannon
Language: English 
the bigness of cannon
is skilful,

but i have seen
death's clever enormous voice
which hides in a fragility
of poppies. . . .

i say that sometimes
on these long talkative animals
are laid fists of huger silence.

I have seen all the silence
full of vivid noiseless boys

at Roupy
i have seen
between barrages,

the night utter ripe unspeaking girls.

About the headline (FAQ)

Confirmed with E. E. Cummings, Tulips and Chimneys, New York: Liveright, 1976, page 50.

First published in Seven Poems, no. 2 in The Dial magazine, January 1920.


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This text was added to the website: 2009-03-04
Line count: 15
Word count: 63