Nov 06 2013

e. e. cummings – may my heart always be open to little

Published by at 8:16 am under Poetry

may my heart always be open to little
by e. e. cummings

may my heart always be open to little
birds who are the secrets of living
whatever they sing is better than to know
and if men should not hear them men are old

may my mind stroll about hungry
and fearless and thirsty and supple
and even if it’s sunday may i be wrong
for whenever men are right they are not young

and may myself do nothing usefully
and love yourself so more than truly
there’s never been quite such a fool who could fail
pulling all the sky over him with one smile

— from E.E. Cummings: Complete Poems 1904-1962, by e. e. cummings

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Boy… e.e. cummings.

Any commentary or thoughts I might choose to share would be too linear. What would cummings say?

far better to roll wordlets with otherthan meanings
and let them pool slow in the honey-glad heart

Or, I can just reread the poem…

may my mind stroll about hungry
and fearless and thirsty and supple

Have a wonderful day!

PS- Following Monday’s poem, several people wrote to ask me what M.E. is. M.E. is another term for chronic fatigue syndrome. (The acronym stands for myalgic encephalomyelitis — whew!) What most people loosely label chronic fatigue is actually a chronic immune disorder that tends to affect the nervous system and muscles with a range of recurring symptoms. For that reason, the health community increasingly prefers the term M.E., since the word “fatigue” implies someone who is simply overworked and just needs to rest, while the reality is actually a complex chronic medical condition. So they’re using that tongue-twister instead (which can cause fatigue just learning how to pronounce it)… or M.E.

Sending love!

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8 Responses to “e. e. cummings – may my heart always be open to little”

  1. bharation 06 Nov 2013 at 11:49 am

    love you, m e and all!
    ‘all’ here would mean the poems you choose, the meditations and insights, the comments you make and those you dont…

  2. marrobon 06 Nov 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Oh this one’s LOVELY!!
    Makes me smile with a honey-glad heart.

    And yes, blessings work both ways, all-ways.

    Gratitude and blessings to you, Ivan

  3. Carolon 06 Nov 2013 at 3:45 pm

    So glad you are better, Ivan. And yes, e.e.cummings and this poem were just
    right on this rainy evening in Ohio. Thank you thank you

  4. nitinon 06 Nov 2013 at 6:39 pm

    And, I assumed M.E. to be “mental exhaustion”.
    Close enough, I suppose! Good to have you back on track and rolling your train of poets on board.

  5. Mthobision 07 Nov 2013 at 4:21 am

    Sir could you give them i thank You God for Most this amazing day. It will blow them away, you were right in your blog, that poem is magical me too it sends shivers down my spine though I read it daily.

  6. Pegon 07 Nov 2013 at 7:20 am

    Cummings’ poem is elusive to me. However, this morning a young bird may have helped me unravel a tiny piece of the poem. This young bird was so caught up in eating nuts, seeds, and cherry pieces from the feeder that my dog and I were just a foot away from it. The young bird did not know any better, it “should” have taken flight. Instead, the bird did not respond to life but was in life enjoying all its fruits.

  7. Therese Monaghan O.P.on 07 Nov 2013 at 3:03 pm

    Again, Ivan,thank you for the lift of my spirits in the Cummings poem–“-better to hear
    the birds than to know— ”
    I like your “wordlets with other than meanings–which pool slow in the honey glad heart.”

    Blessing to you always–

  8. […] in the entire world, next to bacon. Cummings is the best because he wrote things like this and this. So much of his poetry is enjoying the how in life and being okay with not knowing or […]

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