“I Thank You” – e.e. cummings – Poem and Music

This my favorite e.e. cummings poem.  Though it’s been a friend for over 40 years now, it still makes my heart soar, “which is natural which is infinite which is yes!”

(If you are curious as to why a “Buddhst” blog would have posts with references to God in them, you might want to take a look at an earlier post, True God, True Buddha to get a glimpse of where I’m coming from.)

I Thank You

e. e. cummings

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 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)


And here, for your enjoyment, is some complementary music by amazing guitar virtuoso Muriel Anderson.  She is playing a transcription of François Couperin’s “The Mysterious Barricades” on her album Heartstrings:

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About Steven Goodheart

"I have made a ceaseless effort not to ridicule, not to bewail, not to scorn human actions, but to understand them." Spinoza

7 Responses to ““I Thank You” – e.e. cummings – Poem and Music”

  1. Thanks for this… it’s a beautiful day, and I thought of this poem and wanted to read it. It’s on a shelf somewhere, but the internet always wins, and it led me to your lovely blog.

  2. LisaFarolitoOsborn Reply 2012/09/13 at 12:14 PM

    Reblogged this on Strange Brew and commented:
    Sharing the love and beauty of nature..

  3. LisaFarolitoOsborn Reply 2012/09/13 at 12:08 PM

    Hello, Steven! I discovered your blog today. This poem by e. e. cummings is my favorite poem, as when I am feeling low spiritually, being one with nature is one of the best remedies for lifting my soul! I will be following your blog. Lisa

  4. Reblogged this on Liberation from the LIE and commented:
    A beautiful post by my friend Steven Goodheart.

  5. ” . . . lifted from the no of all nothing . . .”

    “. . .unimaginable You . . .”

    Great descriptions!

    michael j

    music ain’t bad either.

    • He michael j! Yes, e.e. cummings (he did his name in lowercase too!) was a great poet. I’ve been kind of rediscovering him. Glad you liked the music too. Muriel Anderson is a phenom! Highly recommend her Heartstrings album.

      Thanks for stopping by.

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