[i like my mind when it is with your]

after E. E. Cummings’s “[i like my body when it is with your]”


i like my mind when it is with your

mind. it is so quite a new thing.

ideas better and imagination more.

i like your neocortex. i like how it thinks,

i like its hmms. i like to follow the twists

of your thought and its tangents, and the reflective

-self-aware ness and which I will

again and again and again

consider, i like considering this and that of your brain,

i like, slowly probing the, shocking synapses

of your electric neurons, and what-is-it comes

over parting hemispheres…And amygdalae big love-crumbs,


and possibly i like the thrill

of with me you quite so smart

FLOYD CHEUNG is author of the chapbook Jazz at Manzanar (Finishing Line Press, 2014). His poems have appeared in qarrtsiluni, Rhino, and other journals. He teaches in the Department of English and American Studies Program at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.