Ode to Friday: cummings

new-york-city-i-1942

For K

i thank You God for most this amazing
day: for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes

(i who have died am alive again today,
and this is the sun’s birthday; this is the birth
day of life and of love and wings: and of the gay
great happening illimitably earth)

how should tasting touching hearing seeing
breathing any – lifted from the no
of all nothing – human merely being
doubt unimaginable You?

(now the ears of my ears awake and
now the eyes of my eyes are opened)

~ thank You God for most this amazing by e e cummings (American, 1894-1962)

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Image: New York City I, 1942, Piet Mondrian (1872-1944)

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13 thoughts on “Ode to Friday: cummings

    • Interesting question. When I was in high school in the US (a long time ago) Cummings was considered somewhat transgressive because he was a modernist and black. We were steered to Robert Frost and Carl Sandberg but, needless to say, consumed Cummings and Ferlinghetti.

      Anyway, I always thought that there was a strong biblical influence in some of Cummings poems. This one is essentially a prayer and the last two lines are a cool paraphrase of Isaiah 35:5 “Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.”

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      • I read this poem as a straight rendering of the experience of transformation which of course the Bible is also speaking of. I would describe it in the same terms. After my experience of transformation, I had the distinct impression that something had fallen out of my ear when I listened to my mother. Something like a mute or muffler that goes in a trumpet. Suddenly, I could hear what she was saying. And it was only after it fell out that I realised the mute had been there.

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  1. *****how should tasting touching hearing seeing
    breathing any – lifted from the no
    of all nothing – human merely being
    doubt unimaginable You?***

    I KNEW this voice was familiar.

    ee Cummings has my heart. XXXXXXXX

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