E.E. Cummings and My Father

This coming June will be four years that I have been living without my father. My father was such a wonderful man. He was everything I aspire to be. He treated all people the same. He was well respected, intelligent, wise, simple and extremely loving. During his illness, my family and I traveled to Philadelphia to support him while he underwent open heart surgery. The night before he went into surgery, I read him my favorite poem by E.E. Cummings I Carry Your Heart with Me. I will forever carry his heart. He was my biggest cheerleader when it came to writing. He was the first one to believe in me. I believe he is on the other side pulling as many strings as he can to help further my career.

I Carry Your Heart with Me by E.E. Cummings

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)

Do you have a favorite poem? Who does it remind you of?

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7 Comments

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7 responses to “E.E. Cummings and My Father

  1. One of my two favorite poems EVER is the one you shared with your lovely story. The other is “Funeral Blues” by W.H. Auden.

  2. I considered doing an ee cummings poem. lovely!

  3. transitionalwoman1

    What a beautiful poem to share and how wonderful that this reminds you of your father.

  4. What a beautiful post, Maribeth. I’ve read E.E. Cummings, but this is the first time I’ve read this poem.

  5. I love the photo of you and your dad. Very cute and memorable. The poem fits with your memories so well! Thanks for sharing such a precious part of your life.

    • Maribeth

      Thank u for your kind comment. I miss my father every second. Thanks for stopping by. Please come again.

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