my father moved through dooms of love

by e.e. cummings


my father moved through dooms of love

through sames of am through haves of give,

singing each morning out of each night

my father moved through depths of height


this motionless forgetful where

turned at his glance to shining here;

that if(so timid air is firm)

under his eyes would stir and squirm


newly as from unburied which

floats the first who,his april touch

drove sleeping selves to swarm their fates

woke dreamers to their ghostly roots


and should some why completely weep

my father's fingers brought her sleep:

vainly no smallest voice might cry

for he could feel the mountains grow.


Lifting the valleys of the sea

my father moved through griefs of joy;

praising a forehead called the moon

singing desire into begin


joy was his song and joy so pure

a heart of star by him could steer

and pure so now and now so yes

the wrists of twilight would rejoice


keen as midsummer's keen beyond

conceiving mind of sun will stand,

so strictly(over utmost him

so hugely) stood my father's dream


his flesh was flesh his blood was blood:

no hungry man but wished him food;

no cripple wouldn't creep one mile

uphill to only see him smile.


Scorning the Pomp of must and shall

my father moved through dooms of feel;

his anger was as right as rain

his pity was as green as grain


septembering arms of year extend

yes humbly wealth to foe and friend

than he to foolish and to wise

offered immeasurable is


proudly and(by octobering flame

beckoned)as earth will downward climb,

so naked for immortal work

his shoulders marched against the dark


his sorrow was as true as bread:

no liar looked him in the head;

if every friend became his foe

he'd laugh and build a world with snow.


My father moved through theys of we,

singing each new leaf out of each tree

(and every child was sure that spring

danced when she heard my father sing)


then let men kill which cannot share,

let blood and flesh be mud and mire,

scheming imagine,passion willed,

freedom a drug that's bought and sold


giving to steal and cruel kind,

a heart to fear,to doubt a mind,

to differ a disease of same,

conform the pinnacle of am


though dull were all we taste as bright,

bitter all utterly things sweet,

maggoty minus and dumb death

all we inherit,all bequeath


and nothing quite so least as truth

--i say though hate were why men breathe--

because my Father lived his soul

love is the whole and more than all 

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