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Crepuscule

I will wade out
                    	   till my thighs are steeped in burn-
ing flowers
I will take the sun in my mouth
and leap into the ripe air
                                	   	Alive
                                            	               with closed eyes
to dash against darkness
                                	  in the sleeping curves of my
body
Shall enter fingers of smooth mastery
with chasteness of sea-girls
                                	         Will I complete the mystery
of my flesh
I will rise
        	After a thousand years
lipping
flowers
             And set my teeth in the silver of the moon

Credit


This poem is in the public domain. Published in Poem-a-Day on October 14, 2018, by the Academy of American Poets.

About this Poem


“Crepuscule” was published in Eight Harvard Poets (L. J. Gomme, 1917).

Author


E. E. Cummings

Edward Estlin Cummings is known for his radical experimentation with form, punctuation, spelling, and syntax; he abandoned traditional techniques and structures to create a new, highly idiosyncratic means of poetic expression.

Date Published: 1917-01-01

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/crepuscule