why did you go

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why did you go
by Edward Estlin Cummings
First published in Seven Poems in 1920, in The Dial magazine.

why did you go
little fourpaws?
you forgot to shut
your big eyes.

where did you go?
like little kittens
are all the leaves
which open in the rain.

little kittens who
are called spring,
is what we stroke
maybe asleep?


do you know? or maybe did
something go away
ever so quietly
when we weren't looking.


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