Monday, March 29, 2010

may i feel said he - ee cummings

Another by cummings (two days in a row!), possibly one of his most popular poems, which doesn't diminish its place here.  It's playful and suggestive in a sweet way - an erotic-lite poem grandma could read without blushing too much.  A great poem to read and act out loud, it reminds me of a real-life story about political-correctness gone extreme, when Antioch College in Ohio instituted a code of conduct wherein students on a date had to ask - and get - permission at each step of an amorous situation!  (Of course, a creative mind could subvert the powers-that-be and eroticize the whole Q & A in ways unintended by the school administration!  It's what I would do....)
may i feel said he

may I feel said he
(i'll squeal said she)
just once said he
it's fun said she

may i touch said hejavascript:void(0)
how much said she
a lot said he
why not said she
let's go said he
not too far said she
what's too far said he
where you are said she

may i stay said he
which way said she
like this said he
if you kiss said she

may i move said he
(is it love? said she)
if you are willing said he
but you are killing said she
but it's life said he
but your wife said she

now said he
ow said she
( tiptop said he)
don't stop said she
oh no said he
go slow said she
(ccome? said he)
ummm said she
you are divine! said he
(you are mine said she)

                                                                         ee cummings - American

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