[i carry your heart with me(i carry it in] by E. E. Cummings: Reading and Meditation

October 6, 2020  • Executive Leadership Seminars Department

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This weekend I had the honor of helping a dear relative write her wedding vows before standing beside her as she spoke them to her soulmate. The task of verbalizing the deepest love in our hearts feels impossibly daunting to me – the English language feels too restrictive in our vocabulary to possibly do justice to the feelings of love I carry for my family, my friends, and my partner. And yet, E. E. Cummings, with his fearless pen and disregard for the rules of the English language and grammar, says it best: “[i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart).” 

Whose heart do you carry? How do you mindfully hold the responsibility of protecting the heart of another? When words fail you to express your deepest love, how do you show the people in your life how much you care?

Brianna Curran, Laguna Niguel, California

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