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E.E. Cummings – Let It Go—The

“—let all go dear
so comes love.”

– E.E. Cummings


In defense of forgetting, philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche once wrote, ‘The person who cannot set himself down on the crest of the moment, forgetting everything from the past… like a goddess of victory, without dizziness or fear, will never know what happiness is.’ This principle was echoed by the Buddhist teacher Pema Chodron in her landmark book, When Things Fall Apart, ‘Renunciation is a teaching to inspire us to investigate what’s happening every time we grab something because we can’t stand to face what’s coming.’  In this vein, poet E.E. CummingsLet It Go reflects on the necessity of clearing, of letting go of the things we cling to, in order to make way for love.


Let It Go – The

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

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
dear

so comes love

E.E. Cummings (1894-1962)
From: 100 Selected Poems


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