life list

i carry your heart by e.e. cummings (Life List)

Here’s my second poem to memorize for my Life List item “Memorize 10 inspiring works of poetry”.

Laying in a hospital bed in the E.R. for hours this week afforded me plenty of time to memorize Wild Geese by Mary Oliver, and if you’d like me to recite it for you, I totally will, show-n-tell style (Update: only applies to intoxicated Amber. Sober Amber is too shy.)

Here’s my second one, which you’ve heard before, probably at someone’s wedding. It’s going to be tricky to memorize all the punctuation e.e. cummings was so fond of, but fun. It’s not as tricky, though, as his poem Grasshopper! (side note: how do you think this guy would have reacted to emoticons? I bet he would have loved them!)

i carry your heart

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 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. margosita

    27 September 2011 at 1:05 am

    What a beautiful one! Excellent choice.

  2. Jared Morgenstern

    27 September 2011 at 1:22 am

    This is the poem I was telling you about!





  3. Katie Jane

    27 September 2011 at 9:00 am

    I love that poem. I hear it a lot at weddings; it’s so lovely.

  4. Amy

    27 September 2011 at 10:36 am

    If you memorize “The Journey” by Mary Oliver, you’ll have hit my Favorite Three Poems Trifecta.

    How fun! I love that you’re doing this.

  5. Kizz

    27 September 2011 at 10:37 am

    I feel a sudden need to confess where I first discovered that poem. I call this a confession because it was the prompt for a piece of Dawson’s Creek fanfiction. I may have cried every time I saw the poem for several months after. Fabulous choice!

  6. Cindy

    27 September 2011 at 4:16 pm

    I am not one for poetry, but I have a few favorites. This is one of those which is odd because all the other favorites tend to be written by Shel Silverstein.

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