somewhere i have never travelled, gladly beyond

E. E. Cummings, 1894 – 1962


somewhere i have never travelled, gladly beyond

any experience, your eyes have their silence:

in your most frail gesture

are things

which enclose me, or which i cannot touch because they are too near

your slightest look easily will unclose me

though i have closed myself as fingers,

you open always petal by petal myself as Spring opens – touching skillfully, mysteriously –

her first rose or, as if your wish be to close me,

I and my life will shut very beautifully, suddenly,

as when the heart of this flower imagines the snow carefully everywhere


nothing which we are to perceive in this world equals the power of your intense fragility

whose texture compels me with the colour of its countries, rendering death and forever with each breathing

– i do not know what it is about you that closes and opens;

only something in me understands the voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses –


no one, not even the rain, has such small hands



Amended by moi (punctuation, words, etc.)