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Thursday, January 12, 2012

i carry your heart with me, a poem by e. e. cummings

I work at a high school, and one of the students I work with asked me about a sterling silver bracelet that I wear every day. It is a solid bracelet with the words from an e e cummings poem on it, "i carry your heart with me". e.e. cummings always wrote in lower case, so no, that's not a typo!!! The story behind the bracelet is that one night I was watching the movie, "In Her Shoes" starring Cameron Diaz. It's a story about 2 sisters and how intertwined their lives are due to their childhood experiences. At the end of the movie, there is a wedding, and Cameron Diaz's character reads this poem. It was so romantic, and I loved it from the very first time I heard it. A few weeks later, I happened to see this bracelet in a catalog, and it has that poem etched in very small cursive letters all around the bracelet. I showed Chuck the bracelet and told him I had first heard the poem in a movie, and loved it. A few months later, Chuck surprised me with it for Christmas. I had forgotten all about the bracelet and was very happily surprised to receive it as a gift. In fact, I love it so much, I never take it off. It's part of me now, and not only do I carry Chuck's heart with me, but the bracelet too! Here's the poem, for those of you who have never heard of 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)

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