Wednesday, April 02, 2008

April 2

It is hard for me to choose only one poem by this poet. There are so many which sing so beautifully. This is one of his more popular/accessible so I suppose this is a logical choice.
somehwere i have never travelled, gladly beyond any experience, your eyes have their silence: in your most frail gesture are things which enclose me, or which i cannot touch because they are too near your slightest look easily will unclose me though i have closed myself as fingers, you open always petal by petal myself as Spring opens (touching skilfully, mysteriously) her first rose or if your wish be to close me, i and my life will shut very beautifully, suddenly, as when the heart of this flower imagines the snow carefully everywhere descending; nothing which we are to perceive in this world equals the power of your intense fragility: whose texture compels me with the colour of its countries, rendering death and forever with each breathing (i do not know what it is about you that closes and opens; only something in me understands the voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses) nobody, not even the rain, has such small hands e.e.cummings
When I was briefly engaged I had suggested that we include this poem in our invitations. My fiance, after reading it, said that he didn't get it. I should have recognized then and there that something significant was missing in how we read the world. I am grateful for his finally telling me the truth and freeing me to find something more.


  1. I like many of e.e.cummings poems. It has benn a logn time since I read them.

    I liked this one!

  2. Christina, since you are familiar with cummings you probably understand what I mean about this poem being more accessible than most of his work. Actually, I should clarify that this one is more accessible than most of his later poetry. I have the complete cummings on my bookshelf. I haven't read it cover to cover. I get too excited after only a few pieces to read further. At the rate I am going, I may die before I ever finish. LOL!