·❦· i carry your heart within me ·❦·


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“i carry your heart with me”
—ee cummings

i carry your heart with me  (i carry it in
my heart)  i am never without it  (anywhere
i go you go,  my dear;  and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,  my darling)

i  fear
no fate  (for you are my fate,  my sweet)  i want
no world  (for beautiful you are my world,  my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;  which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart  (i carry it in my heart)


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i carry your heart within me

cherishing your sweet surrender

to the ecstasy that is our love

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“i carry your heart with me”  ee cummings poem sung by The University of  Wisconsin Choir

artwork ~  “i carry your heart with me”   Leah Piken Kolidas
{ used with the artist’s permission }

poem  ~  “i carry your heart with me”   ee cummings
{  fair use }

about the artist ~  Leah Piken Kolidas  is a painter and  mixed media artist creating  “Dream-like,  intuitive,  art to touch your heart and inspire your creative soul.”   her blog  “Creative Every Day”  is not only an outlet  for her own artwork,  but a site where creative people can link in and share their works as well.  in November,  Leah hosts the  “Art Every Day Month (AEDM)”  challenge  {read more HERE}  and 365 days a year the  “Creative Every Day”  challenge  {read about it  HERE.}   what really drew me in is  ~

“Creativity is meant in the broadest sense, so it doesn’t have to be something art related. Your creative acts could be in cooking, taking pictures, knitting, doodling, writing, dancing, decorating, singing, playing with your kids, brainstorming ideas, gardening, or making art in the form of collage, paint, or clay…or whatever!”

Leah is not only an exceptional artist in her own right,  she invests part of  herself  every day inspiring and encouraging creativity in all its forms for any and everyone who wishes to join in.  her generosity is amazing!  It’s not even required that you blog every day or week,  but to consciously be creative in some way every day.  in my opinion,  creativity begets creativity,  no matter what area one is being creative in…   when i bake,  i  sing and dance.  writing poetry makes me want to paint.  sewing allows my mind to wander and form new poems.  if  you link in,  be sure to visit at least a few others to see what they are doing.  you might even find inspiration there.  Leah’s wonderful painting above,  along with the ee cummings’  poem  “i carry your heart with me”  were the inspiration for my poem.  (how could one not be inspired by cummings?)

if  you would like to see more of  Leah’s creations,  visit  Blue Tree Art Gallery  {HERE}  where you can also buy original works of  art,  prints,  greeting cards  and a gorgeous 2014 calendar.

below is a very short description of  this stunning artist ~  you can read more about her  HERE  and   HERE.

“Leah has also worked as a mural artist and a museum manager;  and she has done creative work in graphic and web design.  Besides painting,  she loves reading,  writing,  collecting odds and ends for collages,  animals,  trees,  the moon,  spending time with family and friends,  drinking hot chocolate,  and laughing loudly.  Leah lives near Boston with her husband,  their daughter and their three cats.”

this is my submission to ~

Poetry Pantry #183   at     Poets United
submit a new or old poem

thank you,  Mary!

Open Link Monday at  imaginary garden with real toads
submit a new or old poem

thank you, Marian!



Filed under art, Creative Every Day, imaginary garden with real toads, NaBloPoMo, poetry, Poets United, Post-A-Day, Post-A-Week

12 responses to “·❦· i carry your heart within me ·❦·

  1. Lovely painting by Leah ~ beautiful poem from ee cummings ~ wonderful answering poem from you ~ exquisite interpretation by the U of Wisconsin.

    All in all a really wonderful offering from you dani ♥ thank you for sharing it with us.

  2. Kerry O'Connor

    This is my very favourite poem of cummings.

  3. whatever a moon….whatever the sun….that section right there is really magical…i love the art as well…the wonder that keeps the stars apart…really a cool verse dani….

  4. Very nice poem, Dani. I like the idea of carrying the heart one of who is loved in one’s own heart. Your poem shows a depth of feeling for the one loved.

    Happy New Year, Dani!

  5. Lovely artwork and words Dani ~ Wishing you Happy New year ~

  6. This helps with keeping dear those loved who are gone away. . .

  7. What a glorious post – poignant and sweet painting, plus my favorite of e.e. cummings’ poems.

  8. Thank you for sharing my work, Dani! I love that poem so much. It moves me!

  9. Wow! There is a plethora of artistic inspiration here! I love the art and the poetry! Nicely done! I don’t believe i have read that poem by e.e. cummings before!

  10. Parts of this precious poem remind me of a mother’s love for her child… Lovely.

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