i carry your heart

13 Oct

i carry your heart 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)


I would like to use this post to express my deep sympathy for not one, but two friends of mine who very recently lost people dear to them. I have personally never lost a loved one who played a significant role in my life. Therefore, I cannot possibly understand the emotion of losing someone you love and care about–someone who is truly a part of you.

This e.e. cummings poem has always been one of my absolute favorites, and one thing about poetry that I adore is you can interpret the meaning any way you desire.

To me, the idea of carrying someone with you is incredibly deep. I can only imagine that when you lose someone so dear to you, this is how you hope to feel after the grief, the anger, and the sadness all pass (if they ever do)–that you are carrying this person with you and in some small way, keeping them alive. It may be comforting to feel as if you can keep someone alive if only in your heart. I can’t say for sure. But I hope these friends of mine who have lost, and anyone else who has lost someone, can find a little comfort in these words.

Katherine Dodd

Assistant Editor



One Response to “i carry your heart”

  1. patekm October 19, 2010 at 5:51 am #

    This is really lovely.

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