when god lets my body be by E.E. Cummings
"when god lets my body be" is about how life is a never ending cycle. He suggests that after life, we are still on earth but going through nature's cycle. This is essentially a poem about death, but yet not an unhappy one as life goes on, even without us. You can look at it as the "circle of life" in some respects. We die, become part of the soil which grows grass. The grass is then eaten by cattle and then humans eat the cattle. Or choose whatever animal. It's essentially what this poem is about. We die, yet others continue to strive.
when god lets my body be when god lets my body be From each brave eye shall sprout a tree fruit that dangles therefrom the purpled world will dance upon Between my lips which did sing a rose shall beget the spring that maidens whom passion wastes will lay between their little breasts My strong fingers beneath the snow Into strenuous birds shall go my love walking in the grass their wings will touch with her face and all the while shall my heart be With the bulge and nuzzle of the sea Published in The Dial, January 1920.
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Modernism, 19th Century