the trick (after E.E. Cummings)


finding what we did
……..n’t lose



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5 Responses to the trick (after E.E. Cummings)

  1. I like what you’ve done with his words here.
    I like the play between finding what we did — or didn’t lose.
    It would seem to speak to a great tragedy; but the tragedy seems to really our mental state – the fact that we don’t appreciate what’s there; we don’t realize what we have or what we do to each other, a lot of times.
    And yet existing — And yet we march forward with our self-deceptions; as if everything is fine. Or the sheer idea that we are able to exist in spite of our horrid human nature. The trick indeed.

  2. Shawna says:


    finding what we did
    finding what we didn’t lose
    finding what we didn’t lose yet
    finding what we didn’t lose yet, existing
    finding what we didn’t lose, yet existing
    finding what we didn’t; lose yet, existing?

    A curious, thoughtful reader could go on forever with something like this. The “trick” is making a poem short enough to ponder without losing the ADD crowd (me). Mission accomplished. And you’ve given me profound nuggets to kick around even after I’ve walked away because it’s short enough to memo-(ou)r-ize.

  3. Shawna says:

    n’t lose
    empty lose … no meaning or purpose behind the loss
    in tea lose … tea leaves, telling the future

  4. Shawna says:

    ant lose, duh

  5. whimsygizmo says:

    Thanks so much for “getting” me, Girls. 🙂

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