Edward Estlin Cummings; USA 1894-1962

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    Poet: Edward Estlin Cummings, USA, 1894-1962
    Poem: The hours rise - De uren rijzen
    Located: Nieuwe Rijn 36 (zijgevel Beschuitsteeg), Leiden
    Since: 1994 (nummer 23)
    Please see:
    flickr.com/photos/iharsten/2887223061/in/set-721576033257...
    for Canon 50D full resolution shot of the same poem/wall.

    New version, shot and uploaded 22nd September 2008

    the hours rise

    the hours rise up putting off stars and it is
    dawn
    into the street of the sky light walks scattering poems

    on earth a candle is
    extinguished the city
    wakes
    with a song upon her
    mouth having death in her eyes

    and it is dawn
    the world
    goes forth to murder dreams....

    i see in the street where strong
    men are digging bread
    and i see the brutal faces of
    people contented hideous hopeless cruel happy

    and it is day,

    in the mirror
    i see a frail
    man
    dreaming
    dreams
    dreams in the mirror

    and it
    is dusk on earth

    a candle is lighted
    and it is dark.
    the people are in their houses
    the frail man is in his bed
    the city

    sleeps with death upon her mouth having a song in her eyes
    the hours descend,
    putting on stars....

    in the street of the sky night walks scattering poems

    (Sonnet IX from Tulips, 1922)

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