by E.E. Cummings
in Just- Innocence Quotes
How we cite our quotes: line
spring when the world is mud-
luscious the little
whistles far and wee (1-5)
At this moment, the balloonman could easily share in the innocence of the scene. "Little" and "lame" are adjectives which may not be particularly desirable, but they’re sure not scary.
old balloonman whistles (11-12)
OK, here’s where things start to get a little darker. The "queer" (we’re guessing that that just means strange here), "old" balloonman? Now he’s no longer part of the youth and regularity of spring.