Since Valentine’s Day is just a few days away, I wanted to share to all of you my favorite poem. And of course it’s about love! I wasn’t able to make a blog post for my week 5/52 bucket list because sadly, all my plans didnt work out and I wasn’t able to accomplish anything. I guess sometimes plans just don’t materialize the moment you want them to. Maybe it’s true that things just fall into place when you least expect it, in the right time. I’m crossing my fingers that week 6/52 will work out perfectly for me!
Anyway, going back to the heart of this post, let me share to you my favorite poem by E.E. Cummings. I can hardly remember where I first read it, but I can tell you that I really loved it the moment I discovered it because Cummings’ described how it is to love someone in the sweetest and the most enriching way anyone can. I included short interpretations of every line and I hope by the end of this post, you get inspired to celebrate love with the people you love! Enjoy!
I carry your heart with me
I carry it in my heart
I am never without it
I believe the first three lines expresses how much this person loves his lover. It expresses how deep his feelings are to the point that it is said like a promise. When we love someone, we always want to assure them how much they mean to us. “I carry your heart with me, I carry it in my heart” is like saying you “you will always be in my heart” or “I will always be here to love you”. The first two lines also shows how love is reciprocated among the lovers and how carrying someone’s heart is like knowing and trusting in their love and with that, keeping their love with you at all times. Thus, the third line that follows, expressing how this person will never be without it.
Anywhere I go, you go, my dear
And whatever is done by only me,
Is your doing, my darling
The next few lines following, “I am never without it” is a way to further describe how love keeps us together no matter how far apart we are. It’s like having faith in your lover even when you don’t see them physically ever single day.
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;
This would be my most favorite part of this poem. I believe that at some point when we love someone, we feel invincible; we feel like we can conquer the world. In this part, E.E. Cummings describes how loving someone can mean not being afraid of what time will bring, because no matter what happens, deep inside he knows that time will not determine his fate, because he has already found it in the person he loves.
Here is the 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
Is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart
This part of the poem would be the hardest one to interpret of all. But when you read it so many times, you will come to realize that it describes how love is such a mystery; how love can be the best kept secret of all, because no matter how hard we try, we can never concretely define or explain what it is, only describe how it is. This part of the poem also tells us how love, even when it’s such a mystery, it is the root of everything. Love is the reason for everything and love is the ground from which we stand upon.
I carry your heart
I carry it in my heart
The last line, in my opinion, is like a final reminder, that again, no matter what happens, this person will always love his lover, and that he will always keep his lover’s love.
Advanced Happy Valentine’s Day!
Let’s spread the love every single day!