"this is the birth/day of life and love and wings"

Spring is being born and everything is being born. This is how I am feeling lately, from the moment I wake with the sky blowing on my face through the open window—so exultant. I ate lunch in the full sunshine thinking this is the sun's birthday and so I must share this with you, a favorite since freshman year.

i thank You God for most this amazing

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 illimitably 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

7 comments:

Jenica 3/20/2011 10:03 AM  

I love it! It makes me breath deeper. Thanks for sharing.

Nichole 3/20/2011 4:37 PM  

I'm generally not crazy about e.e. cummings, but "the leaping greenly spirits of trees" is one of the best-tasting phrases in the English language, I think.

Holly 3/21/2011 3:19 PM  

Jenica - So welcome. I'm glad.

Nichole - Mm, I can appreciate that point of view. I like the misplaced adjective phrases quite a lot too. There is a character, I can't think who, who would speak that phrase, I think.

sui 3/26/2011 2:48 PM  

I love it. One of my favorite poems!

Holly 3/26/2011 11:35 PM  

sui - what is another one of them?

sui 3/28/2011 2:46 PM  

I used to have a collection of my favorites in a txt file a couple years ago, but I lost that in the great hard drive crash of summer '09 (along with 10k+ photos!...)

ANYWAY, here are three of my favorites ;) http://s.rvxn.org/2010/05/28/3-poems-to-brighten-your-life/

Holly 3/30/2011 5:22 PM  

sui - I enjoyed those! Thank you. Reminds me that I do need to give Leaves of Grass another try when I'm not so busy.

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