Just – spring


in Just-
spring          when the world is mud-
luscious the little
lame balloonman

whistles          far          and wee

and eddieandbill come
running from marbles and
piracies and it’s

when the world is puddle-wonderful

the queer
old balloonman whistles
far          and          wee
and bettyandisbel come dancing

from hop-scotch and jump-rope and




balloonMan          whistles




Poem: In Just– by e.e.cummings. 1920.

Painting: Rite of Spring, by clinock. 20″ x 30″. (51 x 76 cm). acrylic on paper.


15 thoughts on “Just – spring

    1. On every level we should all “revel in the levels” more, it’s good for the soul. I love the sound and the images evoked by your words. I thought of mermaids


  1. This is a fabulous pairing, John! I love the poem, and your painting! It’s breathtaking. i absolutely love it! If I stumbled upon this in a gallery I would just stay put and drink it in!

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    1. Generous words Robert, thank you. Northern forest spirits dance among southern flowers and colours and light. Both strong in me. I love e.e.cummings, I want to paint like he writes


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