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)
ee cummings starts off by talking about nature and happiness and it’s all just so wonderful–and then he smacks me upside the head with the third stanza.
How could a “human merely being doubt unimaginable” God?
We are so small, so unworthy, so pathetic next to this great, unfathomable, holy, majestic, loving Creator of the entire universe. Yet He created us, loves us, provides for us, has blessed and is blessing and will bless us in so many ways. . .
How dare we doubt Him? We see His power and love and holiness and faithfulness and – and everything, and yet, somehow, for some reason, we still doubt.
Of course, it’s part of our sinful, human nature. But I believe we give in to that nature and use it as an excuse way too much. We have the Spirit of that God living inside us! We are set free! We can do better–through Christ who strengthens us!
But back to the poem.
I thought of “lifted from the no of nothing” as referring to how God created humans. He simply spoke things into existence, then took dust (which before was nothing, and is often used to symbolize fragility, unimportance, etc.) and formed man. I also thought of it as referring to how God “lifted” us from hopelessness, sin, death, captivity, unworthiness, etc. We were nothing and He rescued us from that.
What are you thankful for on “most this amazing day”? 😊