voices to voices,lip to lip
i swear(to noone everyone)constitutes
undying;or whatever is this and that petal confutes…
to exist being a familiar form of sleep

Communication and effects out-live us, to not recognize this is to not be awake to your own existence.

what’s beyond logic happens beneath will;
nor can these moment be translated:i say
that even after April
by God there is no excuse for May

What you can’t explain is your truth, you are who you are without any need for explanation. Not everything can be translated or understood. You can’t always explain happiness that exists out of saddness.

—bring forth your flowers and machinery: sculpture and prose
flowers guess and miss
machinery is the more accurate, yes
it delivers the goods,Heaven knows

Now to me, in this poem, flowers represent you or your essence, your emotional truth..and machinery are your actions.
Emotionality can lead you to miss, there is nothing secure or certain in the truth of the world, actions rule. A dictatorship gets things done much faster than a democracy.

(yet are we mindful,though not as yet awake,
of ourselves which shout and cling,being
for a little while which easily break
in spite of the best overseeing)

And yet when we are overtaken by the machine and allow ourselves to be ruled by the inner dictator…we ignore our true selves. We sacrifice our essence for results.

i mean that the blond absence of any program
except last and always and first to live
makes unimportant what i and you believe;
not for philosophy does this rose give a damn…

To so completely lose yourself in what you do and how you behave, your results, is to loose the most important aspect of live which is to live (to truly experience). I don’t want to over analyze, get lost in theories and refuse feeling and expression.

bring on your fireworks,which are a mixed
splendor of piston and of pistil;very well
provided an instant may be fixed
so that it will not rub,like any other pastel.

Bring for the the explosion of life, the wild feelings of reality, mix action with essence and you will not bleed into anything other than you. you will find an unwavering sense of your self and who you want to be.

(While you and i have lips and voices which
are for kissing and to sing with
who cares if some oneeyed son of a bitch
invents an instrument to measure Spring with?

While we have this physical body to experience the world with, who cares what else there is out there? Why wouldn’t i do what simply feels good regardless of the effects or what it means?

each dream nascitur,is not made…)
why then to Hell with that:the other;this,
since the thing perhaps is
to eat flowers and not be afraid.

Screw pre-determined fear, screw fear of what could be, screw over-analyzing as an excuse to try, we are here to live and experience.

Now that is my take on this piece and ultimately I think ee cummings is trying to help us understand the importance of both dreaming and doing. There is a balance, on one side you dream, you question and explore curiously, but on the other you act. You don’t just visualize the car you want, you proactively take steps to obtain it.

Add yours Comments – 125

  • Darwin

    on September 16, 2008 at 7:51 pm

    David Hayes: People’s comments on youtube can be just SO nasty! They feel brave in their anonimity…don’t take it personally.

    Taylor nikole: So…you got the link I sent you! Cool!


    Where is YOUR video post?

  • taylor nikole

    on September 16, 2008 at 7:53 pm

    I can’t find my cord for my external πŸ™
    which the video is on…
    I just rearranged my room… so everything seems lost haha
    ill get it up πŸ™‚
    i promise once i find the cord you’ll have your video haha

  • Darwin

    on September 16, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    taylor nikole: Okay! I look forward to it!

  • taylor nikole

    on September 16, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    hahah πŸ™‚
    and i wont disappoint you…

  • David Hayes

    on September 16, 2008 at 10:16 pm

    I’ll have to see if the YouTube video of Darwin swinging is still available.

  • taylor nikole

    on September 16, 2008 at 10:41 pm

    oh what now?!?
    haha this ill have to see πŸ™‚

  • David Hayes

    on September 17, 2008 at 7:48 am

    Darwin swinging:

    on YouTube


  • Amanda

    on September 17, 2008 at 9:28 am

    Darwin I’m afraid I wasn’t registered on the forum until today. Since my name was taken I’m AmandaJ on the forum. But, I’m sure she appreciates the link.

  • Darwin

    on September 17, 2008 at 1:21 pm


    …Or should I say…AmandaJ?

    I sent you a message…including the links…and allowing for time zones, the transition from metric to imperial, and calculating the exchange rate…

    You should now have it!

  • Darwin

    on September 17, 2008 at 1:24 pm


    Is that…?

    David Hayes!

    YOUR youtube performances were requested!!!! By a variety of people!!!

    To simply INFLICT such things as my youtube submissions on an unsuspecting public…is…


    …against the Geneva Convention!

  • Darwin

    on September 17, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    Did you at least get cookies David?

  • taylor nikole

    on September 17, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    ha haha!
    i must say thank you to david for that link πŸ™‚
    that video was ridiculously funny…

  • David Hayes

    on September 18, 2008 at 4:13 am

    Darwin … thought YOU wre getting the cookies. Sasquatch probably intercepted them.

    And TN[T?], you are welcome … and we are still awaiting yours.

    An old friend from AllisonMackOnline SexyNinjaCheeseNip(?) … Lily … just put out a video of her getting into a clothes dryer. I thought they would need a big old can opener to get her out. Sometimes getting into something is a lot easier than getting out.

  • Darwin

    on September 18, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    David Hayes…

    Yes. Sasquatch (Bigfoot if you will) are VERY ninja-like…

    I am CERTAIN that is what happened to all of my cookies!

    Except jennygirl HAS actually come through cookie-wise previously!

    She’s VERY ninja/native herself…and out-ninja-ed Sasquatch!

    Thus her cookies got to me!

  • jennygirl

    on September 18, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    I have connections with the post office is all….

    A professional “shipper”?

  • Darwin

    on September 18, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    *smiles* So modest and humble!

  • taylor nikole

    on September 18, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    dangit! I was going to make a new video for you guys because i think my cable is in a box…. somewhere in the endless orifice that is my life
    *ponder ponder*
    so i had my friend bring his video camera today because i can’t find mine….
    and i forgot to get it from him

  • Darwin

    on September 18, 2008 at 6:24 pm

    *laughs* Such wonderful alliteration!

    We will still be here for when your new one gets done!

    Happily aniticpating!

  • Darwin

    on September 18, 2008 at 6:26 pm

    taylor nikole: You liked my video?

    Tell me more! *smiles*

    And jennygirl: You can OWN that statement without the question mark!


  • taylor nikole

    on September 18, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    yes i did like your video πŸ™‚
    it was entertaining !
    my video will be better though
    *not egotistical at all*
    im just kidding

  • Darwin

    on September 18, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    I am certain it will be WONDERFUL!!!

  • taylor nikole

    on September 18, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    it will be it willl be
    *bows and waits for roses*
    smallville already seems like its going by so fast…
    dumb but amazing tivo

  • David Hayes

    on September 19, 2008 at 8:48 am

    Sorry Taylor Nikole, the Saquatch ate your roses too.

  • r kappz

    on September 20, 2008 at 9:17 am

    β€”bring forth your flowers and machinery: sculpture and prose
    flowers guess and miss
    machinery is the more accurate, yes
    it delivers the goods,Heaven knows

    If flowers is a symbol for love or loving relationships like it is in most poems then I assume machinery might be in contrast to this the everyday mundane actions that help us get the things we want or just the standard operating of our daily lives. Or sculpture and prose might elude to the flowers being the artistic or just all of our inspired moments that make us more than just machines doing jobs. And machines the uninspired actions we do out of habit to survive, our factual reality vs our distorted view of reality. But thats probably wrong since the eating flowers part comes later.

  • Hui

    on August 16, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    I dont understand the word Spring. why it has an uppercase S and what does it mean?