After E.E.


After E.E.

Cummings wrote of one
as this snowflake alighting
upon a gravestone.
My one
will more likely be
a flake of ash
and whether it ends up on a gravestone
will be all one
to me, but oh let it
alight first, let there be



Draft poem for the wonderful Kerry O’ Connor’s micro-poetry prompt on With Real Toads, with special focus on E.E. Cummings poem “one this snowflake.”  Photo is mine;  all rights reserved (and also to poem, of course.)  Thanks!

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21 Comments on “After E.E.”

  1. Lovely – and I like you mention him in the poem!

  2. Jim Says:

    Okay, K, this one I really do like. ‘Just put the ash flake where K wants it.’ The picture is wonderful too, I’d love to be in those woods on that day.

  3. Candy Says:

    I was lovin’ this from the beginning – but oh, that ending! Kudos.

  4. “…alight” is definitely best. 🙂

  5. Yes, let there be light, and there was light!


  6. whimsygizmo Says:

    Sooooooo much this:
    “but oh let it
    alight first, let there be


  7. Kerry O'Connor Says:

    Wonderful work with the words and images here, Karin.

  8. I love how you closed it with alight.. Simply gorgeous.

  9. Mama Zen Says:

    Very clever. Love the close.

  10. Sherry Marr Says:

    I totally love this!

  11. Marian Says:

    Let there be alight! So perfect.
    Brings up Goethe for me. A good thing.

  12. Bekkie Says:

    None of us are born, or die perfect.

  13. Wonderful wordplay at the end. I really enjoyed it.

    Greetings from London.

  14. M Says:

    sounds like you’re busy, k – i’m finally around the corner of the hell months, still tuckered, but kicking.

    I’m grinning at your punctuation and capitals – including his initials – as your bit of defiance in favor of 🙂

    yet your line breaks and wordplay carry the spirit, and show that it is yet possible to keep convention, while twisting it… ~

  15. This is beautiful. Whether snowflake or ash, let there be light.

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