The blue true dream of the sky

When we were little, my mom and dad had many songs they sang to/with us children…  And most of them have stuck to this day.  (If you ever want to hear the song about the uncle who roasted a kangaroo, all you have to do is ask…)  But today, as I sat at the table reading Beuchner and drinking café, I kept getting distracted by looking out the huge window.  The play of sunlight over the snow, the stark yet still covered in snow tree branches outlined against the deep, rich blue of the sky…

It reminded me of one of the songs that we sang as children (one which I only discovered much later got its words from an e.e. cummings poem.  Who knew?)  And while, strictly speaking, it’s a spring/summer song, I don’t really care…  The blue sky today was enough to

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 love and wings:and of the gay
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)


(And yes Kate, it really was a song.  But only the first verse.  I’m not sure how the rest of it would go with the music…)



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2 responses to “The blue true dream of the sky

  1. i love that poem, too!

  2. hooray! I believe you, I believe you. Had that poem up on my wall in NY, and so the only line of melody that I know for it (the first line) would dance through my mind every once in awhile. enjoy, enjoy the illimitably earth ! 🙂

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