somewhere i have never travelled

March 9, 2006 at 5:57 pm 4 comments

e e cummings


somewhere i have never travelled, gladly beyond
any experience, your eyes have their silence:
in your most frail gesture are things which enclose me,
or which i cannot touch because they are too near

your slightest look easily will unclose me
though i have closed myself as fingers,
you open always petal by petal myself as Spring opens
(touching skilfully, mysteriously) her first rose

or if your wish be to close me, i and
my life will shut very beautifully, suddenly,
as when the heart of this flower imagines
the snow carefully everywhere descending;

nothing which we are to perceive in this world equals
the power of your intense fragility: whose texture
compels me with the colour of its countries,
rendering death and forever with each breathing

(i do not know what it is about you that closes
and opens; only something in me understands
the voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses)
nobody, not even the rain, has such small hands

what can you say about this poem, except that it's absolutely exquisite – a fragile miracle of a poem. plus, it features in a woody allen film!

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Entry filed under: Edward Estlin Cummings, English.

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4 Comments Add your own

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  • 3. christine  |  July 28, 2009 at 3:58 am

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