Feeling is First

since feeling is first

since feeling is first
who pays any attention
to the syntax of things
will never wholly kiss you;

wholly to be a fool
while Spring is in the world

my blood approves,
and kisses are better fate
than wisdom
lady i swear by all flowers. Don’t cry
—the best gesture of my brain is less than
your eyelids’ flutter which says

we are for each other: then
laugh, leaning back in my arms
for life’s not a paragraph

And death i think is no parenthesis

“since feeling is first” by e. e. cummings from 100 selected poems

Today, I am weary. For many practical reasons and a few existential.

These words of another are my offering.

That when we see ourselves in the words of others, we feel connected, somehow more whole.

And feeling, of all its depth, is always first.

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