Monday, November 22, 2010

the root of the root

If you could say that an entire novella could be based on a single scene that lasts less than a minute in a single movie, then that scene would be the one that follows, and that book would be Letters to Elise.

That film is Candy starring the late great Heath Ledger. The poem is "i carry your heart" by e e cummings (read his poems, if you haven't).

Here's the poem in it's entirety (capitalization and format is his):

  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 the 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)