now does our world descend

now does our world descend
the path to nothingness
(cruel now cancels kind;
friends turn to enemies)
therefore lament,my dream
and don a doer’s doom

create is now contrive;
imagined,merely know
(freedom:what makes a slave)
therefore,my life,lie down
and more by most endure
all that you never were

hide,poor dishonoured mind
who thought yourself so wise;
and much could understand
concerning no and yes:
if they’ve become the same
it’s time you unbecame

where climbing was and bright
is darkness and to fall
(now wrong’s the only right
since brave are cowards all)
therefore despair,my heart
and die into the dirt

but from this endless end
of briefer each our bliss–
where seeing eyes go blind
(where lips forget to kiss)
where everything’s nothing
–arise,my soul;and sing

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7 Comments

  1. The origine says:

    now does our world descend

  2. Areej says:

    what i notice here in his poems in general is the eccentric sturcture,broken rules,visual style.he doesn’t care of the punctuation and capitalization of the first letters in the beginning of the lines.
    he was lived in the WW1 and he sees the destruction of the human values.
    also his tone is sarcastic.
    i have alot to say but the time is short

  3. Elissa says:

    now does our world descend shows ee cummins true gift for poetry, not only does this poem make my heart ache, but in a way it is so inspiring, it makes me want to change the world

  4. fanantic says:

    e.e. cummings is a genius..brilliant. he is able to defamiliarize language yet have his poems radiate emotion and imagery.

  5. hillary says:

    there was a war going on during e.e.cumming’s day. both world wars if i remember correctly. he was actually in world war one as an ambulance driver and was captured wtih a friend of his. his dad was notified about his son’s capture and told that they would rescue cummings but not his friend whom they thought was of a suspicious nature but his dad told them they would rescue both men or none at all. i have no idea if this is any basis for this poem but, keep in mind, after he was out of the war he wrote The Enormous Room which described his experience. maybe this is how his soul arose or something. i dont know. it’s all up to who is reading it. but thought i would put some background info on here for anyone who was interested.

  6. Samantha says:

    I can’t see how only one person has commented on this. Others had to have read it! I’ve only just begun researching ee cummings but from the others I’ve read, I must say, this one is the best. And I agree with you, Yana, it is about war. (There was one going on during his lifetime, though I forget which one. ^^; )
    I think this poem is simply wonderful because of the clear image it gives you- it leaves you with a sense of the true underside of war and life in general.
    “friends turn to enemies” is a line I really love because I interpret it two ways and I think both can apply to life. In one apsect, friends can turn to former enemies to reconcile or help each other and on the other hand, friends of one person can turn into thier enemies at the drop of a dime.
    I guess having a clear image that still leaves room for interpretation is the main reason I love cummings’ work so much. 🙂

  7. Yana says:

    The poem is in my opinion about war. It has touched me deeply, and I carry it with me all the time because it’s one of my favorites. I have to do a research paper on E. E. Cummings, and I am including this poem in the analysis.

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