i carry your heart with me

I walked to my mother-in-laws after work last night to help her fix her printer, which she was having problems with.  It’s those little ink cartridges that can be tricky to snap in. She’s a voracious reader and thinker about writers and writing, with a lifetime of experience in the publishing industry so after she’d printed out her travel plans to Guatemala, she printed me a poem.

It’s by ee cummings and not one I was familiar with.  It’s also beautiful. Getting a new poem for fixing a printer is a good deal.

I’m not sure the typography is exactly right; you never can be sure with cummings. But his is how American Poets formats it:

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 the 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)


One thought on “i carry your heart with me

  1. Hello fellow poetry lover
    I discovered this poem on Saturday. I was watching a movie “In her Shoes” and one of the characters read this poem. I went straight to poem hunter and have been savouring it for the last two days. I have just had a poem accepted for Melbourne Reflections and was exploring Poetica Christi when I came upon your site. I see this as an example of synchronicity which is so much a part of the flow of life.
    Every time I read this poem a different line stands out.. In this reading it is ‘here is the deepest secret nobody knows’

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