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August 2014

I carry your heart

i carry your heart with me

E. E. Cummings


i carry your heart with me

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 soul can hope or mind can hide)

and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart with me

(i carry it in my heart)


It's funny how a moment from a movie can reflect a moment of our own.  Our life,  not scripted or planned, a life that rolls and tumbles and lands upright and sober only every so often... but those words of someone unknown to you, reach in and touch your heart in a way that opens all the windows and doors.

And with those doors and windows open, we can carry so many hearts. 

I cannot wrap my mind around the cruelty that has been unleashed upon so many parts of our world.  I can only carry their hearts in mine until they can be free of fear and hatred.  It feels like so little and yet I remember, in the days following Shannon's accident, one of my dearest friends offered that to hold my heart safely until it could beat on its own again, and that meant the world.


Every life, new and old, offers us, again and again, hope, promise, wisdom and the opportunity to be more that we thought possible and the courage to envision a world that will be bright and kind... a world where we will not hesitate to carry another's heart within our own.