Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Poetry Thursday

This picture is one of the views from the place I work. This was taken late in the day so it doesn't even do it justice. I just can't seem to get a picture that captures the view properly. I thought this stunning view would go well with the poem I chose for this week. I've been sitting on it because I haven't felt it in my bones the way I would have liked when it was time to share a poem.

I love (LOVE!!) this poem because of its sheer exuberance. I love e.e.cummings' work because of the way he uses words and punctuation. His work is written the way thoughts run through your head. When I first met this poem I only read the first stanza. I loved it so much on its own because it captures how I feel sometimes when I come across a view or a certain colour of sunlight - the kind that makes you believe that there simply has to be a Creator of some kind. Once I read the whole poem I loved it in a different way. There is a real energy of gratitude and love for the day in this poem. I love the running, tripping, loving, zestful joy that is present in his words.

I hope for us all that we can experience this kind of appreciation for our world and our days as much as possible!!


i thank You God for most this amazing
day: for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes

(i who have died am alive again today,
and this is the sun's birthday; this is the birth
day of life and love and wings; and of the gay
great happening ilimitably earth)

how should tasting touching hearing seeing
breathing any - lifted from the no
of all nothing - human merely being
doubt unimaginable You?

(now the ears of my ears awake and
now the eyes of my eyes are opened)

-e.e.cummings

15 comments:

la vie en rose said...

perfect!

Endment said...

la vie en rose has said it: perfect!

Jennifer said...

What a wonderful view - even if the photo does not do it justice. We should all be so lucky to have a view like that! I LOVE this poem!

Rampian said...

Now that is a true, powerful prayer. My kind of prayer! I'd like to recite it at my family's next Easter gathering. Wonderful e.e. cummings. I was really introduced to him through the Woody Allen movie, 'Hannah and her Sisters,' which has a character quoting some of his love poetry. Thanks for sharing this one.

chest of drawers said...

That´s an amazing view!
The poem is lovely, that´s how I feel when I look at my own view on a sunny day.

Dana said...

Why do I have to work in a basement?

Cate said...

You may not feel that that photo does the view from your workplace justice, but you certainly do justice to cummings' work--your descriptions, those fabulous adjectives, were spot-on!

You are right, Meg! That is one of the most exuberant pieces of writing I have ever read! I love e.e. cummings, too, but am not overly familiar with his work. You've inspired to immediately bounce on over to Amazon and buy one of his books! Thank you! xo

Karen said...

i love it. thank you.

M said...

What a gorgeous poem and the view is amazing!

Letha Sandison said...

Megg,

What a beautiful view!! I would never get work done, I'd just be sitting there staring and daydreaming.

I love this poem too...e.e.cummings is always great!

melba said...

Beautiful!

Deb R said...

Love the poem (especially the ending) and love the photo!

Alexandra S said...

This has been one of my favorites for a long time Megg! So nice to read it again today!

Living Part Deux said...

This view leaves me without words; the words of e.e. cummings quiet my own words as well.

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Thank you, I am very honored by your message to Savvy farmer.

Thank you!!

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