Wednesday, September 5, 2012

self-portrait



i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
                                                      i fear
no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)

e e cummings

17 comments:

  1. I've always loved the way Cummings 'talks' to us in his poetry. I also love the fact that he used lower case initials. I wish I'd thought of that!

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    1. It's as if he was texting this piece...

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  2. This is one of my favorite poems, Tess. It reminds me of the song from the 1995 movie "A Little Princess" (which you should see if you haven't already), which goes "With your heart kindle my heart..."

    Hear it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ne5XjYCXS34

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    1. Yes! I know this movie! It's been too long since I've seen it...adding to Netflix right now...

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  3. I wish i knew the other half of the story. Her honest hearts reply to this spilling.
    It's very rare that both feel this. And it's a huge burden to carry.
    I've been on both ends of dependent love, and it can be hell.
    Don't really wish to love or be loved that intensely again.
    Jus me bein an ass
    Rick

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    1. I agree with you Rick
      even the reading of it is cloying

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    2. I wouldn't trade it for anything...

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  4. Great self portrait! Love e e cummings love prose.

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  5. The self portrait is really well done, and compliments the poetry :-)

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  6. intense portrait. as i read the poem i thought no, tess changed her style. but then i saw the name at the end. ah yes, to love.

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    1. Suki, I'm so very flattered you thought it might have been my writing...:)

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  7. E E Cummings and you are a wonderful pair Tess! :-)

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  8. beautiful....the last lines are so good I loved them.....

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  9. That calls for an exceptional sigh.

    Sigh.

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  10. Splendid pairing of words and image!


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  11. So lovely, especially when paired with your self-portrait, Tess!

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