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)
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the hours rise
the hours rise up putting off stars and it is
into the street of the sky light walks scattering poems
on earth a candle is
extinguished the city
with a song upon her
mouth having death in her eyes
and it is dawn
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
dreams in the mirror
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
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)