the archivist June 18, 2013

pity this busy monster, manunkind
E. E. Cummings

pity this busy monster, manunkind,
not. Progress is a comfortable disease:
your victim (death and life safely beyond)
plays with the bigness of his littleness
--electrons deify one razorblade
into a mountainrange; lenses extend unwish
through curving wherewhen till unwish
returns on its unself.
                      A world of made
is not a world of born--pity poor flesh
and trees, poor stars and stones, but never this
fine specimen of hypermagical
ultraomnipotence. We doctors know
a hopeless case if--listen: there's a hell
of a good universe next door; let's go
Originally appeared in 1×1, Cummings’ ninth published collection, 1944. amzn | lib