Tuesday, April 17, 2012

i thank You God

Just read this poem in Janet Morley's book, 'The Heart's Time - A Poem a Day for Lent and Easter'.  The words leapt out at me and awakened something fresh and vital (do I detect echoes of Hopkins and the Countess of Craven?) Thank you, Janet - (and, more particularly, e.e.cummings:

i thank You God for this most amazing
day: for the leaping of greenly spirits of the 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 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)

e e cummings (1894-1962)

1 comment:

Paul Barlow said...

Have you heard the choral setting of these words by Eric Whitacre?