smashed word broken

let it go — the
smashed word broken
open vow or
the oath cracked length
wise — let it go it
was sworn to

  • E. E. Cummings 

we smoosh them between our 
hungry fingers like chalk,
smudge them to the sky. 

you and I, 
we’ve got them right 
were we want them 
and how. 

we taste them on 
stuttered tongues
until that wayward golden sun 
is going 

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18 Responses to smashed word broken

  1. Crazy about the word choice. Smoosh! Hungry fingers! I love it.

  2. Such a lovely poem, De. I relished it.


  3. kim881 says:

    We players with words enjoy a good smoosh, especially when written by a word queen like you, De!

  4. Ingrid says:

    I love that image of the ‘wayward golden sun’ disappearing – it’s a fine game to play with words in the meantime.

  5. love the movement in the poem – the go going momentum – delicious first verse

  6. Ron. Lavalette says:

    Sparse but extremely impactful, De. great stuff. Side note: I (mis))read the couplet as “we taste them on / shuttered tongues” and like it that way, too. Great close.

  7. I love the images your words evoke De!

  8. A visceral read, well done! 👏👏

  9. I do love how we can play with the words… they are the best playmates, but also the tools and the mortar.

  10. Beverly Crawford says:

    Too much “tasted on stuttered tongues”. More to tell.

  11. Misky says:

    I do so love your jolly poems!

  12. sanaarizvi says:

    Such gorgeous movement in this one, De! 💝 You certainly are a queen 🙂

  13. Lovely poem as always. I especially like this line: “we taste them on/stuttered tongues,”

  14. Erlyn Olivia says:

    This piece brings out a very loving feeling. I think you “smooshed” this one all right 🙂

  15. essence says:

    The title makes me think we’re supposed to smash “smashed”—I see “ash dems” and then read the poem accordingly (“ash dem ____”). ~As a sort of Lent-bent poem.

  16. Helen Dehner says:

    Mr. Cummings is one of my all time favorite poets …. Your poem reflects so much of his style. Cheers!

  17. merrildsmith says:

    I love the smooshing and the motion–and that wayward golden sun. I really like this!

  18. Love the smoosh, and “tasted on stuttered tongues”. Great poem, De!

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