55 the Cambridge ladies who live in furnished souls

E. E. Cummings

are unbeautiful and have comfortable minds

(also, with the church’s protestant blessings

daughters, unscented shapeless spirited)

they believe in Christ and Longfellow, both dead,

are invariably interested in so many things-

at the present writing one still finds

delighted fingers knitting for the is it Poles?

perhaps. While permanent faces coyly bandy

scandal of Mrs. N and Professor D

….the Cambridge ladies do not care, above Cambridge

if sometimes in its box of

sky lavender and cornerless,

the moon rattles like a fragment of angry candy.


“The Cambridge Ladies Who Live in Unfurnished Souls” by E. E. Cummings was originally published in 1923 and is in the public domain. It was accessed at https://poets.org/poem/cambridge-ladies-who-live-furnished-souls.


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