darling buds what may

darling buds what may

darling buds what may

[i carry your heart with me(i carry it in my heart)]
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)
—E.E. Cummings
*”darling buds what may” —monoprint with torn paper, J. Ryan 2015

4 responses to “darling buds what may

  1. Lovely! Was it inspired by the Cummings?

    One of my favorite poems, and my favorite of his. A breath of wonder of love and life.

    • Not initially. I made a monoprint (two actually) that I was not happy with, so I thought about what to do to save the expensive materials and time wasted. That is one of my favorite poems as well, and an idea started to formulate in which I would do the image over, a sort of palimpsest, but the image would remain as a stain inside. In that way the poem inspired me to think about what is on the inside—what one can’t know but must always sense in another. I have another rejected print in which a Sappho fragment is the inspiration of its potential resurrection. My mistakes are an enduring source of creativity…

  2. I wish I wrote this. I might have also used this poem with a tree photography project that I’ve been working on for quite some time now. It’s very fitting with your art.

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