Once like a spark

One times One (1944)
XXIV    – poem by E.E. Cummings

(once like a spark)

if strangers meet
life begins-
not poor not rich
(only aware)
kind neither
nor cruel
(only complete)
i not not you
not possible;
only truthful
if strangers(who
deep our most are

(and so to dark)

I’m not exactly sure what E.E. Cummings intended to convey in this poem, but this is one of many from his Complete Poems 1904-1962 collection that points to his knowing of the mystery of becoming in relationship. The beauty lies in its brevity and the space he creates between the lines for us to discover our own meaning; it touches my heart in some way.

I think that “(once like a spark)” means that every moment has potentiality; the possibility to become a life-changing experience.  There is a richness to life when we relate authentically in our relationships.  There is freedom in my being who I am and you as you are. If strangers meet and let go of preconceived ideas of the other, they can touch one another deeply and be changed themselves forever.  So, love wholly and without hesitation.


2 thoughts on “Once like a spark”

  1. Hmmm… I like your idea about every moment having the potential of being a life-changing experience. Interesting!


    1. Hi Julie – Are you familiar with the poet E.E. Cummings? I discovered him in one of Uncle David’s books from the 60-70 era. Thanks for your comment and following my blog. That means a lot to me. Love you!


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