The Birth Day of Life

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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 of love and wings: and of the gay

great happening illimitably earth)


e. e. cummings

6 thoughts on “The Birth Day of Life

  1. Laura Kvasnosky

    i love this poem too. why leave off the last lines that are about awakening to the natural world?

    how should tasting touching hearing seeing
    breathing any—lifted from the no
    of all nothing—human merely being
    doubt unimaginably You?

    (now the ears of my ears awake and
    now the eyes of my eyes are opened)

    1. Marion Dane Bauer

      Thank you for supplying those further words, Laura. They are wonderful! I never know how much of a poem I can copy into my blog without violating copyright. But you’ve solved the problem on this one.

  2. Vicki Palmquist

    One of the few poems I have memorized … it is a glorious reminder to live every day. Thank you for sharing, Marion.


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