Tuesday, February 14, 2012


In honor of Saint Valentine I thought I'd share about a new secret love of mine... a poem.  It was love at first sight for me this past November.

I was searching high and low for the best possible way to express my gratitude and love to my Significant after his incredible help during an epic challenge, and the feeling I desperately wanted to convey was so much bigger than anything I could express with my own words.

It dawned on me that some of The Greats had to have felt this feeling before - so I turned to poetry hoping to strike gold.  I leafed through a few books but came up empty handed.  I then searched a favorite website - poetryfoundation.org - and hit the jackpot.

The first few lines of the following poem took my breath away.  Not only did it express the gratitude and affection I so greatly desired, it also spurred a bedtime chat with the kiddos that when you love somebody - even when you are apart - you are never alone because you carry that love in your heart.  Thank you e.e. cummings.

I hope you can share this with someone you love:

[i carry your heart with me(i carry it in]
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)

“[i carry your heart with me(i carry it in]” Copyright 1952, © 1980, 1991 by the Trustees for the E. E. Cummings Trust, from Complete Poems: 1904-1962 by E. E. Cummings, edited by George J. Firmage. Used by permission of Liveright Publishing Corporation.

Source: Complete Poems: 1904-1962 (Liveright Publishing Corporation, 1991)

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