the skinny voice

of the leatherfaced
woman with the crimson
nose and coquettishly
cocked bonnet

having ceased the

announces that as three
dimes seven nickels and ten
pennies have been deposited upon

the drum  there is need

of just twenty five cents
dear friends
to make it an even
dollar  whereupon

the Divine Average who was

attracted by the inspired
sister's howling moves
willanyone tell him why he should

blow two bits for the coming of Christ Jesus



by e.e. cummings – From Tulips and Chimneys, New York: Thomas Seltzer, 1923