Thursday, 27 September 2012

Day 97: Letting Go

Letting go - it's maybe the harshest medicine of advice, but always right, always worth it. We can't live with heaviness, holding on to things that aren't good for us.

And EE Cummings makes it seem so light and easy here in this poem, the rhythm and the line structure combining to depict a freefalling of intent, a loosening of what we hold the tightest, 'you must let them go they/were born/to go.' 

For only then, 'so comes love.'

let it go - ee cummings

let it go – the
smashed word broken
open vow or
the oath cracked length
wise – let it go it
was sworn to

let them go – the
truthful liars and
the false fair friends
and the boths and
neithers – you must let them go they
were born
to go

let all go – the
big small middling
tall bigger really
the biggest and all
things – let all go

so comes love


  1. Every time I forget how wonderful ee cummings writing is, I get a lovely reminder! Thanks for this--I think I'll print out a copy and hang it on my notice board to read on a regular basis. So many things are best let go of allowing room for better to fill the space. And he says it so eloquenlty!

  2. I know Mary, ditto! I wasn't familiar with this one and came across it by chance and loved it. It is great advice! And he does put it so eloquently, as well as simply and memorably.


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