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Editor's Selection of Poems
"if everything happens that can't be done"

by ee cummings

if everything happens that can't be done
(and anything's righter 
than books
could plan)
the stupidest teacher will almost guess
(with a run 
skip
around we go yes)
there's nothing as something as one

one hasn't a why or because or although
(and buds know better
than books
don't grow)
one's anything old being everything new
(with a what
which
around we come who)
one's everyanything so

so world is a leaf so tree is a bough
(and birds sing sweeter
than books
tell how)
so here is away and so your is a my
(with a down
up
around again fly)
forever was never till now

now i love you and you love me
(and books are shutter
than books 
can be)
and deep in the high that does nothing but fall
(with a shout
each 
around we go all)
there's somebody calling who's we

we're anything brighter than even the sun
(we're everything greater
than books
might mean)
we're everanything more than believe
(with a spin
leap
alive we're alive)
we're wonderful one times one 
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