Fab Find! Wedding Reading: [i carry your heart with me(i carry it in] by e.e. cummings

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[i carry your heart with me(i carry it in]

By E. E. Cummings 1894–1962

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)

“[i carry your heart with me(i carry it in]” Copyright 1952, © 1980, 1991 by the Trustees for the E. E. Cummings Trust, from Complete Poems: 1904-1962 by E. E. Cummings, edited by George J. Firmage. Used by permission of Liveright Publishing Corporation.

Beautiful. Just beautiful. If it sounds familiar, it’s the poem read by Cameron Diaz’s character Maggie to her sister Rose in the movie In Her Shoes, and it brought me to tears today as it does every time I see that wedding scene. I hope you love it, too, and perhaps you’ll use it in your wedding readings, or vows, or just a love letter to your most treasured one.

Source: Complete Poems: 1904-1962 (Liveright Publishing Corporation, 1991)

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