Because I missed Poetry Monday this week:

A special installment!

Yesterday was my baby boy’s birthday (2!) and today is E.E. Cummings’ birthday… so this poem is dedicated to my not-really-a-baby-anymore boy. This poem usually gets categorized as a romantic poem, but that interpretation has never really resonated with me; Cummings doesn’t usually talk about women in terms of their “intense fragility.” My theory is that this poem is about a baby. So: perfect.

somewhere i have never travelled,gladly beyond
by E. E. Cummings

somewhere i have never travelled,gladly beyond
any experience,your eyes have their silence:
in your most frail gesture are things which enclose me,
or which i cannot touch because they are too near

your slightest look easily will unclose me
though i have closed myself as fingers,
you open always petal by petal myself as Spring opens
(touching skilfully,mysteriously)her first rose

or if your wish be to close me, i and
my life will shut very beautifully ,suddenly,
as when the heart of this flower imagines
the snow carefully everywhere descending;

nothing which we are to perceive in this world equals
the power of your intense fragility:whose texture
compels me with the color of its countries,
rendering death and forever with each breathing

(i do not know what it is about you that closes
and opens;only something in me understands
the voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses)
nobody,not even the rain,has such small hands


One response to “Because I missed Poetry Monday this week:

  1. Karmen October 14, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    This is so nice, Missy, and I agree with your theory about Cummings (“gladly beyond any experience”).

    Glad you put this up — I almost put up an 8th century Chinese wilderness poem!

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