World Poetry Day

I carry your heartFirst, an admission. I don’t regularly read poetry. The poems I know and love are the ones most people know and (maybe) love. But when I do happen to read or hear something new, or different, or even obscure, it can often stick with me. And if I like it, I usually can’t get it out of my head.

This poem is quite special to me. When I first heard it, I didn’t know whether it was well known or not. But I couldn’t get it out of my head, and I knew straight away that I wanted it to be read at my wedding (not knowing at the time when that would be). After the reading, it appeared that it was new to most people who were there. They all seemed to like it too.

So I’m glad I was able to pass on to other people the joy of finding a poem that inspired me. I’m talking this opportunity, on World Poetry Day, to share it again. If there is a poem that has particularly inspired you, please feel free to share it here.

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

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