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Since Feeling Is First

Since Feeling Is First Poem By EE Cumming

since feeling is first, 

who pays any attention, 

to the syntax of things, 

will never wholly kiss you;

wholly to be a fool

while Spring is in the world

 my blood approves

and kisses are a better fate

than wisdom

lady i swear by all flowers. Don’t cry

—the best gesture of my brain is less than

your eyelids’ flutter which says

 we are for each other: then

laugh, leaning back in my arms

for life’s not a paragraph

 and death i think is no parenthesis

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