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love is a place by e.e. cummings

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love is a place
e.e. cummings

love is a place
& through this place of
love move
(with brightness of peace)
all places

yes is a world
& in this world of
yes live
(skilfully curled)
all worlds


Would you believe me if I said that there is a universe inside my body. Not merely a wild thing that grows abundant with the wind and rain, but the cosmos housed by these bones. Would you believe me if I said our carcasses are made up of words.

Love is a word that means I will always reach for your hand in all the lifetimes befalling this earth. Love is a map that ties a rope around both our waists, love is—as love does—the deepest dwelling. Love means the lines on your face.

Yes is the world and all the other worlds where you and I exist.


This poem appeared in Complete Poems 1904-1962 by e.e. cummings, edited by George James Firmage, published by Liveright, 2016. Shared here with profound gratitude.


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