Some of you might remember reading a post I wrote several months ago: It hurts because it matters.
The amazingly talented young singer I describe in that post recently wrote about me on her blog, Sometimes There is Beauty, reflecting on what I wrote. The post is called “Dear Jill.”
Working with people like Amanda is the reason I’m still reeling from the changes this year brought. I’m now several hours away from them, not playing piano on a regular basis now, and I am still grieving the loss of those deeply personal and creative connections we shared.
This was my reply when I read her post:
I love you, dear Amanda. Thank you for writing these beautiful words and for sharing them with me. My heart feels the same as yours. I try to tell myself that Pooh was right: “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” But my heart is still sad and empty without the music and connections we created — day by day, week by week. (Of course, tears are streaming down my face as I write this!) i carry your heart with me (i carry it in my heart) — For Good.
— by ee cummings
That people come into our lives for a reason
Bringing something we must learn
And we are led
To those who help us most to grow
If we let them
And we help them in return
But because I knew you
I have been changed for good
Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel sing For Good, accompanied by Stephen Swchwartz on the piano:
- i carry your heart with me (thesecretkeeper.net)
- I Carry Your Heart With Me – E.E. Cummings (shenton2benglish.wordpress.com)
- A Discussion of the Poem, “i carry your heart with me,” by E. E. Cummings (healthstream.typepad.com)