somewhere i have never travelled, gladly beyond (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 color 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

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~ by irwin on December 4, 2008.

3 Responses to “somewhere i have never travelled, gladly beyond (e.e. cummings)”

  1. And remember I whispered to you that “your slightest look easily will unclose me”? It’s taken from my favourite poem of e.e.cummings’ called “somewhere i have never travelled before, gladly beyond” How apt the opening lines of the poem for this our circumstance!

  2. this is a beautiful poem. i love it!
    it reminds me of Les Fabuleux Destiny L’Amelie Poulain, which you probably have watched before. It’s brilliant, and the one thing that struck me was that it’s so absolutely important to be with that one person who sees the world in the way that you do.

    The word-less connection.

  3. Amelie! I love to watch it, but I haven’t had the chance to though…=)

    And yes, I agree with what you wrote. The wordless connection can be much more intense than words allow sometimes…just a look that can unravel you.

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