(sleep wake hope and then)

This is Gabby‘s tattoo.

This poem has been my favorite since I chose to recite it in my 9th grade English class. It’s about two lovers, anyone and no one, who fall in love and eventually die. People don’t really like them, and they don’t do anything spectacular with their lives. They just go about their mundane existence, and when they die the world just moves on. What got me about this line in particular is that in our mundane existence, we can still wake up each day with someone we love and we can still hope. There’s something so simplistically beautiful about that.

Literary Tattoos: e.e. cummings anyone lived in a pretty how town

someones married their everyones
laughed their cryings and did their dance
(sleep wake hope and then)they
said their nevers they slept their dream

- Excerpt from anyone lived in a pretty how town by e.e. cummings


  1. Lynn says

    this is my favorite! i’ve always wanted a tattoo that says “sun moon stars rain” based off this poem

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