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i thank You God for this most amazing

When I taught, I used e. e. cummings not just during poetry lessons, but to point out to students we did not always have to follow rules when writing. Following Cummings’ writing, I told students to get thoughts down on paper and we could edit later.

Cummings did not break rules of writing in his poetry. As we see in the first line of this poem, he capitalized two words.

I took the message as opening my eyes and ears to the world around me. As I walked this morning, I noticed birds chirping. One scrambled to hide under a truck parked along the street. In another place, there was a smell of something rotting, maybe someone fertilizing. The wind was chilly, but, when the sun emerged from hiding, i warmed me.

The sounds, sights, smells, touches of the world awaken my senses on those walks. They are like the flow of water I hear from a distance as I approach the river that tumbles over the edge. When I am mindful, I sense nature in a fuller way.

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)

We took this picture in Yellowstone.

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.

24 responses »

  1. Especially liked the idea of not having to follow rules for writing. I attend a writing group that is always listing rules for writing. Good to hear the ideas, then like to do my own thing. I thank God every morning for another day in this beautiful world.

    • I do too. I discovered that students who did not write well struggled to get ideas on paper if they were too focused on rules. It was easy enough to clean things up later. Sometimes, the stronger writers helped their friends.

  2. I love this poem. e.e. is one my very favorite poets, and it as a great treat to see this one tonight. Here is a wee one of mine written after a trip home yesterday from the mountains of NY. It was so lovely. Many thanks for your blogs I do so enjoy them. Warmest greetings, Tasha

    Green pillows of spring
    Heap themselves on the hillsides
    welcoming my gaze.
    Tasha Halpert

  3. I love his poem style. Not many can do like e.e.

  4. Beautiful poem! Love his work.

  5. Enjoyed so much…it is a beautiful poem. Am confused though, did you author or was it Cummings?

  6. Beautiful words and photo…

  7. Beauty (another name for God) is with us, shared through our senses. Thanks for your post

  8. ee cummings was tremendously liberating for me as a Perfectionist/writer.

  9. A great reminder to step outside of the rule book when it comes to writing 🙂


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