National Poetry Day

IMG_0253Today is National Poetry Day in the UK and so I thought I would share with you one of my favourite poems by e e cummings.  I could have chosen any one of a number of his works but there a couple of lines in this which I think are particularly pertinent for the times in which we find ourselves.

 

may my heart always be open to little

birds who are the secrets of living

whatever they sing is better than to know

and if men should not hear them men are old

 

may my mind stroll about hungry

and fearless and thirsty and supple

and even if it’s sunday may i be wrong

for whenever men are right they are not young

 

and may myself do nothing usefully

and love yourself so more than truly

there’s never been quite such a fool who could fail

pulling all the sky over him with one smile

 

e e cummings

 

and even if it’s sunday may i be wrong

for whenever men are right they are not young

 

A great many of us in these troubled times would do well to pay heed to those words.

Happy National Poetry Day.

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