bao: (nostalgia)
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when serpents bargain for the right to squirm
and the sun strikes to gain a living wage--
when thorns regard their roses with alarm
and rainbows are insured against old age

when every thrush may sing no new moon in
if all screech-owls have not okayed his voice
--and any wave signs on the dotted line
or else an ocean is compelled to close

when the oak begs permission of the birch
to make an acorn-- valleys accuse their
mountains of having altitude-- and march
denounces april as a saboteur

then we'll believe in that incredible
unanimal mankind(and not until)

--e.e. cummings, from 100 selected poems.
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