e.e. cummings wrote 900 poems, one of which is a love poem, “i carry your heart with me.” This love poem is often presented as a love letter, a lover’s Valentine poem, a wedding poem expressing true love, or a romantic love song.
A Love Poem by EE Cummings
This poem by e.e. cummings can be a love song when set to music. Michael Hedges has set i carry your heart with me to music on his “Taproot” album. Hedges sings the lead and David Crosby and Graham Nash sing the backup vocals.
Listen to Michael Hedges sing “i carry your heart with me” at Billboard Live in West Hollywood 9/24/1997, a few months before he died.
i carry your heart with me, a love poem
by ee cummings (1952)
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)
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)
Find A Love Poem
Write A Love Poem of Your Own
Or, you may find inspiration in each of the love poems to compose your own poem to present to your love.
Sit back in a quiet room, in a comfortable chair, with romantic music playing softly. Have pen and paper close by.
Close your eyes. Picture your love. What stands out the most about the one you love? Put your thoughts into words and on paper before you lose them…don’t worry about form. After you get it all down, then go back and move the words, add some, take some out.
When you think you are done, put it aside. Sleep on it. Then read it aloud to yourself. What do you think? Is it smooth and romantic? Yes? Then you have composed a love poem for your love.