i carry your heart with me

Tomorrow is our one-year anniversary, which you obviously know if you follow me on Instagram because I have maybe been overgramming our anniversary festivities. We decided that since it fell on a Monday, we should just party it up all weekend. The high point might have been when I rolled over in bed this morning and found a dozen donuts of all flavors. James explained that, “I was going to make you breakfast in bed… but then I remembered that I can’t cook.” I then proceeded to take one bite out of each donut so that I could try all the flavors, but not eat myself sick. Perfection.

We keep on playing over every moment of this weekend last year, a weekend that both went too quickly, and left every moment printed in my memory in perfect detail. One of my favorite moments was when some of my favorite students from the high school I taught at in Kentucky sang during the ceremony. I had been fighting hard to get an e.e. cummings poem in the day and had been thwarted (thanks Mom and James) at every turn, but when I asked the choir director if they could sing, she suggested a poem set to music that they already knew. When those students sang those words, I cried.  Take a minute to listen to them singing it here. WegmannWedding596WegmannWedding314

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)

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17 Responses to i carry your heart with me

  1. Dan McGaffin says:

    Happy Anniversary!

  2. Dan McGaffin says:

    That is quite beautiful.

  3. Miriel says:

    Is that an Eric Whitacre setting? It sounds so much like his setting of Frost’s “The Pasture” that I just love… like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7dvKohV-Hgo

    Happy anniversary! I found your blog through Humane Pursuits, where I’m a (delinquent) editor and contributor. Thanks for the thoughts on marriage from a wife of 6.5 weeks ;-)

  4. AmyB says:

    Michael Hedges set this poem to music and we had it performed at our wedding:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MiIUTEMTlwM

  5. Danielle says:

    After seeing the movie In Her Shoes, I am pretty much convinced that I will have my little sister read this at my wedding someday. But hopefully I remember, because that someday is a long way off.

  6. Precious! You have a beautiful love story!

  7. Erin says:

    A friend posted this on Facebook. Loved the post, and was surprised to find that we’re Eastern Market neighbors! :-)

  8. Jenna says:

    This is one of my ALL TIME FAVORITE poems, and my favorite e.e. cummings. I tried to recite it at my brother’s wedding. Clearly, I need this song to be sung at my wedding (not that that’s in the works at all, though) Where did you get it?

  9. kaliginous says:

    Beautiful! :) I’m so excited to get married one day!

  10. Jen Fisher says:

    Oh wow–I read that poem at our wedding in 2010. I couldn’t make it through without crying!

  11. Eugenia says:

    This is so amazing. You have a wonderful love story. :) Brought tears to even me, when I listened to the song

  12. jameswoody21 says:

    I actually sang that arrangement with my college choir about a year or so ago. It isquite a beautiful arrangement!

  13. jameswoody21 says:

    I sang this arrangement with my college choir a year or two ago. It is quite a beautiful one too!

  14. reanitap says:

    happy anniversary! your love story is great

  15. That was beautiful…that is my all time favorite poem and one I have read, and given to my man many times! I also had it printed in the folder for my grandparents joint service, as they had shared well over 50 years together. I have not heard it put to music until now, and I absolutely love it! Thank you for sharing, and Happy Anniversary! :)

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