Poetry

[I don’t really like this song by Ra Ra Riot. However, the chorus is excellent, because it was written by a bawdy & brash young man by the name of e.e. cummings. Therefore I felt I shouldn’t pass up the chance to link the two together. Call it a postmodern public service.

For those confused, cummings is differentiating between dying, which is perfectly natural (and “lively”) and Death, the cold and evil legal creation which presumably has lots of paperwork and involves purchasing the most expensive airtight coffin in the catalog. –ed.]

dying is fine)but Death
by: e.e. cummings

dying is fine)but Death

?o
baby
i

wouldn’t like

Death if Death
were
good:for

when(instead of stopping to think)you

begin to feel of it,dying
‘s miraculous
why?be

cause dying is

perfectly natural;perfectly
putting
it mildly lively(but

Death

is strictly
scientific
& artificial &

evil & legal)

we thank thee
god
almighty for dying
(forgive us,o life!the sin of Death

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Ra Ra Riot — Dying Is Fine

The Decemberists — Little Boxes

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