+——Cummings and Goings



‘I have a love,’ he said.

‘And I have none,’ I said.

‘I’d like to stay,’ he said.


‘Can’t be with you,’ he said,

‘but you’re my flame.’

I said: ‘I feel the same.’


‘It’s wrong,’ he said.

‘So stop,’ I said.

‘No, don’t,’ he said.


‘Is everything a game?’ he said.

‘That poor guy.’

I said: ‘There’s something in your eye.’


‘Come on,’ he said.

‘Cannot,’ I said.

‘Why not,’ he said.


‘You have a love,’ I said,


He said: ‘You’re better.’


‘It’s true and sweet,’ I said,

‘the message you’re transmitting.’

He said: ‘ You’re kidding.’


‘I want you more,’ he said

‘but like you less.’

I said: ‘Makes perfect sense.’


‘Fuck you,’ he said,

‘you only wanted me for sex.’


‘And you,’ I said,

‘would make great friends with my ex.’


© Basilike Pappa, 2018

(Image: Pinterest)

68 thoughts on “Cummings and Goings

  1. He said
    She said
    From frolics
    to politics
    via an unmade bed
    Like a truth
    once read
    now stuck
    in my head
    Thank you Basilike
    for such
    cunning cummings
    of dred
    So now goings
    For once smitten
    then bitten
    best be twice fled

    Most cunning!
    Basilike, my Wi-Fi connection
    failed just as I was making a
    most astoundingly profound
    comment in regards to the
    politics sexual … Inspired by
    your equally profound & succinct
    poetry. So I’ll just have to assume
    that you got it.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I got it and liked it very much! Thank you!

      I tried to answer to another of your comments, where you wrote κάκιστος, but I wasn’t allowed. It said you turned your blog to private. Anyway, my answer was: Αληθώς. Καλώς έπραξες.

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      1. I meant to save that offering
        for Halloween, so it’s back in
        the pumpkin cellar till next week.
        Apparently it’s a much anticipated
        occaision for our American
        friends (who, according to Saint
        Leonard Cohen, are the best
        of the worst.”).
        So, if you can’t beat them …

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    1. This form looks familiar: That’s exactly what I thought while writing it!

      This started as a story, but it wasn’t going the way I wanted, so I thought to extract verse out of it. It came out in dialogue form and I realized I was doing it Cummings-style. There was no point in fighting it.

      I’m so glad you like it! It was fun writing it.

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  2. I love the sharp interchange of dialogue, and the closing lines are excellent! As an FYI, I nominated some of my favorite WordPress writers for the Sunshine Blogger Award, and you’re one of them. I know some people are into it, so no stress if you don’t want to participate. 🙂 The guidelines are in my latest post. All the best, Brian

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  3. I think a comment should match the quality of the post, so I was reluctant to make a comment on this Basilike. Sometimes the sophistication in your writing makes me wonder whether I’ve captured the essence in the way you expect the readers to. It’s a sign of brilliant writing, isn’t it. I believe so.

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    1. And this is such a beautiful comment! Thank you very much! Your encouragement means a lot to me.

      As for the essence, I’m sure that even if you felt it in a different way than I planned, it would be interesting and insightful.

      Thank you again for making me happy with your words.

      Love, B.

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