'most this amazing day'...

© Louise Adey Huish
Published by Louise Adey Huish on Sat, 18 Apr 2020 17:35
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In what has, up to now, been the most beautiful Easter week – weather-wise – that I can remember, I thought I would share with you my favourite Easter poem. It’s by e. e. cummings (another poet who doesn’t normally bother with capital letters!) and is probably best read out loud. It’s a single exuberant sentence, with adjectives and adverbs spiralling out from it with the energy of delight; if you have problems making sense of lines 9 to 12, its basic form is ‘How should… any… human… being… doubt… You?’

 

e.e. cummings, I thank you God

 

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)

 

I hope that you, like me, have been able to enjoy the ‘leaping greenly spirits of trees/ and a blue true dream of sky’, either out of doors or through your window, and that the hopefulness of the natural world can help to illuminate this time of stress and difficulty for us all.

A word about the photograph at the head of today’s blog: this dates back at least twenty years (sorry: it shows!), to an art-and-craft afternoon with my children, then aged about five and ten. It’s wonderful what you can do with egg-boxes and poster paint! – cut up and painted yellow, these formed the trumpets of the daffodils. Maybe if you’re really stuck for a way to entertain your kids during lockdown, you might like to have a go?!

Comments

Sarah and Brendan
Thank you Louise, it really paints a picture of what we see as we take our daily exercise, We did struggle with saying the word illimitably! The beautiful weather and all the trees bursting forth make such a difference to life at present. A lovely picture would never have thought of using egg boxes that way, that's inspiration.

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