Chansons Innocentes: I

in Just-
spring when the world is mud-
luscious the little
lame balloonman

whistles far and wee

and eddieandbill come
running from marbles and
piracies and it's

when the world is puddle-wonderful

the queer
old balloonman whistles
far andwee
and bettyandisbel come dancing

from hop-scotch and jump-rope and


balloonMan whistles

by E. E. Cummings

Comments (3)

today ... march 19, 2016 the first day of spring i revisit chansons innocentes each year on this day what a magical whimsical delight
One of the greatest poems in recent times on the subject of Spring, renewal and its mythological connections. The 'goat footed' is obviously a reference to pan - and all the associated power of nature (nothing devilish at all!) . What energy in the children (the Springtime of humankind) . What a wonderful idea to link the deep mythological past with dancing youth.
It's obvious that the balloonman is a Satanic figure, because of the goat feet. I never thought about him being a pedophile, but that makes perfect sense. I always just had the impression of this evil little man luring the children away.