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i thank You God for this most amazing

e. e. cummings was a poet who loved playing with language and its rules. We see this where he makes up words and excludes capitalization except for two words.

Poetry allows me to explore the world in new ways such as watching for the leaping greenly of trees and all those things which are yes. It is in the cracks that appear in poetry that light shines through.

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)


About ivonprefontaine

I completed a PhD at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. Previously, I taught for 20 years and taught for 15 years in a wonderful hybrid school. My dissertation topic and research were how certain teachers experience becoming who teachers. In teaching and leanring, I am a boundary-crosser who understands moving ahead is a leap of faith. Teaching is a calling and vocation to express who I am as a person. Currently, I am waiting and listening to what calls me next. I am an educator, phenomenologist, scholar, boundary-crosser, published poet, author, parent, grandparent, and spouse.

7 responses »

  1. e.e. cumming and this poem touch at the heart of lives. Thank you!

  2. This is one of my all time favorite poems! I’ll be using it soon in one of my posts. Blessings, Natalie 🙂

  3. Thank you so much Ivon, for sharing this piece of art in its entirety as I have only read excerpts. I really do need to buy some e.e. cummings and sit with it and learn more. This is incredible! Blessings, Gina

  4. Ivan, we seem to share similar tastes in poetry. ee cummings is one of my very favorite poets…when I got married 10 years ago we used his poem “I carry your heart” as our wedding vows. When I was in college, many years ago, we had the poem you used in this post and also “You Shall Above All Things Be Glad and Young” painted on the walls of our apartment in Boston. Those were the days…… and these are too!
    Peace and love,

    • Thank you for a wonderful comment Jan. I used his poetry in the classroom regularly. I always pointed out the unconventional ways he wrote and his lack of grammar, punctuation, and how he made up words. It helped writers who sometimes struggled with prose an avenue of expression.


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