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I choose letter Q for New Year

i take it easy and walk friendly into the unknown year. i put my ear to mystic guidance. i listen. That is why my letter for 2012 is Q for quiet, for quest, for question. may my heart be open. what is your letter for the year?

E. E. Cummings
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may my heart always be open to little
birds who are the secrets of living
whatever they sing is better than to know
and if men should not hear them men are old

may my mind stroll about hungry
and fearless and thirsty and supple
for even if it’s sunday may i be wrong
for whenever men are right they are not young

and may myself do nothing usefully
and love yourself so more than truly
there’s never been quite such a fool who could fail
pulling all the sky over him with one smile

“53” by E.E. Cummings, from 100 Selected Poems. © Grove Press, 1954. Reprinted with permission. (buy now)