May I Feel Said He

may i feel said he
(i'll squeal said she
just once said he)
it's fun said she
(may i touch said he
how much said she
a lot said he)
why not said she
(let's go said he
not too far said she
what's too far said he
where you are said she) 

may i stay said he
which way said she
like this said he
if you kiss said she

may i move said he
is it love said she)
if you're willing said he
(but you're killing said she

but it's life said he
but your wife said she
now said he)
ow said she

(tiptop said he
don't stop said she
oh no said he)
go slow said she
(cccome?said he
ummm said she)
you're divine!said he
(you are Mine said she)

"May I Feel Said He" by e e cummings

1 comment:

  1. It's a sexy posting. It's sexy, even though e e cummings first published it in 1935.

    The poem's fun is in the way it turns on itself. Let me explain.

    The man is the eager pursuer. The woman is the pursued. That's the way it is. Until the last two lines:

    "you're devine!said he
    (you are Mine said she)"

    It takes awhile to understand those lines, but the parentheses help:

    She was the pursuer all along.