to kisskiss you and to kiss me

Two German teenagers kissing, 1950s, vintage gay

there are so many tictoc
clocks everywhere telling people
what toctic time it is for
tictic instance five toc minutes toc
past six tic

Spring is not regulated and does
not get out of order nor do
its hands a little jerking move
over numbers slowly

we do not
wind it up it has no weights
springs wheels inside of
its slender self no indeed dear
nothing of the kind.

(So,when kiss Spring comes
we’ll kiss each kiss other on kiss the kiss
lips because tic clocks toc don’t make
a toctic difference
to kisskiss you and to
kiss me)

text: e. e. cummings
image: subjects, photographer unknown, Germany 1930s
via miss magnolia thunderpussy/flickr

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  1. Timothy MacKenzie

    I have been checking your site daily, waiting for the next post. Lovve the picture and the poem!

    Posted June 6, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Permalink
  2. I am enchanted with this picture. It is so evocative of a moment in time, a time that is gone and yet returns to all of us. I loved it. I wish I could just tear it off the Universe and sleep with it, or sleep next to it and dream about the men in my life who are gone.

    Posted June 7, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Permalink
  3. @Timothy MacKenzie:

    Timothy, I’m touched that love the picture and the poem. You are kind to keep checking when so much time has passed between posts. Alas, my work has had to take precedence over Woolf and Wilde, though comments like yours certainly encourage one to seek out more time to post things to the site. Thank you for that.

    Posted June 7, 2010 at 5:15 pm | Permalink
  4. @Perry Brass:

    Mr. Brass, so lovely to hear from you. I agree with and share your sentiments about the photograph and what it evokes. I love the way you put it. xo k

    Posted June 7, 2010 at 5:16 pm | Permalink
  5. Stephen

    Glad to see another post. Like Timothy I recently found the site, read most of it in one sitting, and come back often to check it for updates.

    This is just about my favorite respite from the nonsense at the political blogs. Images and words like this remind us of what’s important and help us to ignore what’s not. BTW. I ordered some books of Thom Gunn’s poems having first read him here. Thanks.

    Posted June 12, 2010 at 6:36 pm | Permalink
  6. Stephen

    Oh, and I also netflixed Tango. I loved Saura’s flamenco Carmen and can’t wait to see more after that stunning clip. So more thanks.

    Posted June 12, 2010 at 6:40 pm | Permalink
  7. @Stephen:

    Hi Stephen. Thank you for such a nice compliment. xo
    Which Gunn book did you get? He’s amazing, isn’t he.

    Posted June 16, 2010 at 7:32 pm | Permalink

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