Friday, February 26, 2010


... and I am so very grateful for every single one!

Yep, it's my birthday, and I was planning this fabulous post, but then I woke up this morning and I had a poem in my brain, this poem, the one below. So, since it's Poetry Friday, I give it to, with gratitude and love. Always ALWAYS love. More poems at Roundup.

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)


  1. Happy Birthday you're growing old, you have false teeth, you have big feet, Oh wait I'm not five and singing Happy Birthday
    Happy Birthday to you, Happy Bithday to you, Happpppy Birrrrthday Irene, Happy Birthday to you.

  2. Happy birthday!

    Oh, and thanks for the poem!

  3. Happy birthday!

    I printed up this poem years ago and carry its words around in my heart, too.

  4. Happy Birthday! Thanks for the cummings!

  5. Happy Birthday, Irene. I like this poem, too.

    Laura Evans

  6. Happy Birthday, Irene. I love Cummings! :)

  7. Happy birthday, Irene. To wake up with a poem: that's a fabulous birthday gift. May the rest of your day be filled with beautiful words!

  8. Happy birthday! Wishing you lots of poems and cake, too.

  9. You say it's your birthday....

    Have a wonderful, wonderful day! Your presence enriches the world :).

  10. Have a terrific birthday, Irene, and a wonderful year!

  11. Just got your lovely postcard. Thank you so much.

  12. I noticed only women were wishing you happy birthday, so happy 39th from a male (old) friend who will remain anonymous.

  13. This was read at my wedding, and I had the last line engraved in my husband's wedding ring. Nice choice for a birthday :)

  14. Happy Birthday Irene!!!!!! I hope it is a wonderful day :-)

  15. Happy (belated) birthday, and thanks for giving US the gift of the cummings poem! Love it!!

  16. Happy BIrthday to one with not nearly as many candles as I will have on my next birthday!

    I thought since you enjoy poetry that I'd invite you to contribute your list of favorite poems to my survey. Read more about it here:

  17. Happy Birthday to someone who has WAY fewer candles on her cake than do I when my June b'day rolls around!!!

  18. Happy belated b-day to you! Also, thanks for the great poem!

  19. I didn't realize when I met you on Friday night at SM that it was your birthday! Happy belated one and thank you for sharing it with us in Atlanta! I appreciated you autographing my copy of Leaving Gee's Bend.
    It was a wonderful conference and I met wonderful people like you and Doraine!


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