Poem of the Week: "53"

by E. E. Cummings

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
for 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


"53" by E.E. Cummings, from 100 Selected Poems. © Grove Press, 1954.  (buy now)




The following phrases from the poem resonated for me today in this moment and that is my criteria for a poem to land today in this moment: ring the bell.

“whatever they sing is better than to know”
“and may myself do nothing usefully”
 “there's never been quite such a fool who could fail” 
“pulling all the sky over him with one smile”

Why did these words resonate? I do not know and I do not care that much. They just did.

Thank You and have a fantastic end to your weekend. It is very cold outside today in Southern Maryland : ). Stay Warm. Make a bowl of hot soup or a cup of good strong tea or perhaps a cup of delicious hot chocolate or, if so inclined, that just so perfect craft beer…….You get the point. Have a good relaxing day. Keep creating.

I wish you well.










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