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 have 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 day
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)
Audio of the poet reading his poem gratis the Poetry Foundation
This poem was originally published in Xaipe (New York: Oxford University Press, 1950), reissued in 2004 by Liveright, an imprint of W.W. Norton & Company. Reprinted here by permission of the publisher. Copyright expires 2045.
Artwork is an e. e. cummings watercolor entitled Chocorua from a Distance. Along with other cummings’s artwork, it is available for sale here https://eecummingsart.com/gallery/artwork/110/. The Healing Voices receives no commission or other moneys related to purchases that may be made from our links within articles.