you shall above all things be glad and young

by ee cummings

you shall above all things be glad and young
For if you’re young whatever life you wear
it will become you; and if you are glad
whatever’s living will yourself become.

Girlboys may nothing more than boygirls need:
i can entirely her only love
whose any mystery makes every man’s
flesh put space on; and his mind take off time
that you should ever think, may god forbid

and (in his mercy) your true lover spare:
for that way knowledge lies, the foetal grave
called progress, and negation’s dead undoom.

I’d rather learn from one bird how to sing
than teach ten thousand stars how not to dance

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