the bigness of cannon

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the bigness of cannon
by Edward Estlin Cummings
First published in Seven Poems in 1920, in The Dial magazine.

the bigness of cannon
is skilful,

but i have seen
death's clever enormous voice
which hides in a fragility
of poppies. . . .

i say that sometimes
on these long talkative animals
are laid fists of huger silence.

I have seen all the silence
full of vivid noiseless boys

at Roupy
i have seen
between barrages,

the night utter ripe unspeaking girls.


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