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)
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)
This is such a lovely poem. I first heard it in the movie IN HER SHOES, when Cameron Diaz’s character Maggie reads it to her sister Rose, played by Toni Collette. Ever since then I wanted to share it, and while still working on a eulogy for my mom’s services, I am considering trying to recite it. That is the problem of course, keeping the flow. Seriously I just cannot fathom being able to sustain the sort of composure you need to pull this off. At least not at a funeral/memorial for my own mom. In the movie, she recites it at a wedding, I MIGHT be able to do THAT one day.
"i carry your heart with me" was written by E.E. Cummings, and is in the book Complete Poems 1904-62.