Sunday Poetry: For Most This Amazing Day

Welcome to Sunday Poetry.  We began this page in March, and if you didn’t join us then, don’t worry.  This is a drop-in, drop-out adventure.  You can read about the purpose and inspiration behind Sunday Poetry here.    

What’s your part?  Just slow down a little and come along for the read–or today, for the listen.  If you’d like to tell us what the day’s poem means in your life, or what word or phrase you’ve chosen to reflect on, or where those reflections have taken you, we would be honored.  But there are no demands or imperatives.   If I have something to add, I will.   If you have something to add, please do.

Unless a poem is clearly no longer under copyright protection and I can safely quote it here, I will provide links to websites who were careful to secure the necessary permissions.  Much poetry on the web has been put up without the poet or publisher’s permission, and I couldn’t find a legally posted copy of today’s poem.  However I still I found two intriguing versions on You Tube for you to enjoy.

Today’s offering by ee cummings, “i thank you God for most this amazing day,”  is one of my favorites.  The message seems wonderfully appropriate for Easter morning.  So, as a special treat, if you click here, you can hear the author himself read the words.  If you click here, you’ll see and hear these beautiful words sung by VU-Kamerkoor, recorded in the old city of Amsterdam in 2007.  The musical setting is by Eric Whitacre and a joy to listen to.

Whether you celebrate Easter, Passover, or simply the coming of spring, this poem is for you.


  1. Linda P. on April 24, 2011 at 8:04 am

    This is the perfect start to this glorious day. I’ve listened to both version twice, and am just awestruck. I found the poet’s voice soothing and reflecting on what true blessings we have all ready received, while the musical version makes me want to twirl with arms open wide to receive more.
    I am sooo enjoying my Sunday morning visits with you!! xo

    • Emilie Richards on April 24, 2011 at 8:42 am

      And thank you for visiting on Sundays. And yes, more of what you said. Perfect.

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