Being Myself (With A Little Help From e.e. cummings)

Is anyone else an e.e. cummings fan?

I was won over while sitting in Mr. Wilson’s 11th grade AP English class at Center Grove High School in Greenwood, Indiana. All year, there was an e.e. cummings poem on one of the classroom’s bulletin boards (this has since become my very favorite poem):

i thank You God for most this amazing:

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)

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 so, when I was feeling somewhat blah recently, stumbling upon a new quote by e.e. was especially meaningful:

“To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else, means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.” – e.e. cummings

It made me remember the resolutions I made back in January, and feel reinvigorated to take those to heart once again.

Thanks for the boost of optimism and self-confidence, e.e.!

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