Charlie St. Cloud & inspiring poem “Dive For Dreams” By E.E. Cummings

Dear Readers,

I saw the movie “Charlie St. Cloud on Monday and the movie left a lasting impression on me.  Growing up I had always heard stories about how amazing the book was and that it was a must read.  You know the titles, the books that you just can’t help hearing about.  Regardless of where ever you are or  whatever you’re doing…somehow the news finds you.  Books and movies have that weird impact on the world and its various societies.  No matter what, news travels and whether or not you quench your curiousity the fact is you still hear the news through the grapevine.  Be it through a friend, co-worker, or family member, or even in passing by strangers.  You also hear news via mediums such as radio, internet, TV,  advertisements, and social networks such as Facebook or Twitter currently, etc.

All I have to say after seeing the movie is that I wish I had read the book sooner.  My favorite part of the movie was an inspiring poem by one of my favorite poets E.E. Cummings.  The poem is about taking chances and trusting your heart.  I strongly believe the poem is both motivational and inspiring.  I just had to share it with the world.  Hoping I’d tell someone who hadn’t heard it yet and wishing that it’ll affect them as it did me.

—Enjoy Love Monique “Katie”

Dive For Dreams

By E.E. Cummings

dive for dreams
or a slogan may topple you
(trees are their roots
and wind is wind)

trust your heart
if the seas catch fire
(and live by love
though the stars walk backward)

honour the past
but welcome the future
(and dance your death
away at this wedding)

never mind a world
with its villains or heroes
(for god likes girls
and tomorrow and the earth)

[E.E. Cummings, ninety-five poems]


(I decided to add this last part as of January 30th, 2012…..What did the poem and the movie mean to you?  I have many readers that stop by to view this post and I’m sure they’d love to hear more than just my opinion, feel free to share in comments below 🙂  Love Katie P.S. Thanks Corli for the idea!)


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31 Responses to Charlie St. Cloud & inspiring poem “Dive For Dreams” By E.E. Cummings

  1. Paul says:

    e.e cummings rocks. My fav. poet.

    • dckitty18 says:

      I know! I love him! My Grandfather use to read him to me when I was little. 🙂

    • Beth says:

      Well, I have already lost track of how many times I’ve watched this movie…and I simply loved it…the poem is beautiful, thanks for sharing…I hadn’t read the complete version…but the idea of encouragement for taking chances, is indeed great!
      The movie has touched me deep within…and I am sure it’s done the same to many people.
      May your day be full of harmony and light…
      Cheers, Beth

      • dckitty18 says:


        I strongly agree. The concept is amazing and inspiring! In everyday life we need more stories like this to change and inspire us. I’m so happy you came across my post and that you took the time to comment. You are full of positivity, never change that!

        Enjoy your week 🙂
        Love Katie

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  3. cyndi says:

    charlie st. cloud brought me here.. wonderful movie, absolutely in love with it

    • dckitty18 says:


      You and me both! I cannot watch it on repeat enough times. It still never gets old and no matter how many times I watch it I always walk away from it with a new thought or inspiration to put into practice in my own life. Motivation needs daily inspiration. And that movie is one of many for me 🙂

      Thanks for your comment 🙂
      Love Katie

    • budi says:

      “Motivation needs daily inspiration”, best quotation,,,,

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  5. marc deith says:

    in the uk cummings is almost unknown, i love his poem”i carry your heart” it was put to music by a great guitarist michael hedges. best wishes, just seen the movie, i enjoyed it, the film works for believer and skeptic ,quite an achievement.

    • dckitty18 says:

      Hey Marc,

      Thanks for your comment. I didn’t know that he was almost unknown in the UK. The poem is well known. I like the youtube video. I never knew about that artist until you recommended him but it’s a good rendition. (I’m on youtube as well: Thanks for the wishes. I was impressed with the movie because I didn’t think it was going to be portrayed well but to my surprise it was. Thank you for reading. If you write, I’d love to read.

      Thanks Katie

  6. Bi Janet says:

    Just watched the movie and that poem touched my heart and I just had to google it stumbled upen your blog.

    • dckitty18 says:


      It touched mine as well! I was really impressed with the movie because it was better than I expected. Just the right combo of everything to make a good touching movie. Glad you stopped by. I always love new visitors 🙂

      Love Katie

  7. Corli says:

    I watched the movie last night, and just had to read the words of that poem again… so google brought me here* Thanx 🙂

    • dckitty18 says:

      Dear Corli,

      I’m glad you found your way to my blog! I love the movie and that poem both are so inspiring and uplifting 🙂 What did the poem and movie mean for you? Hope you check out some of my other posts as well, enjoy your day!

      Love Katie

  8. maureen nesbit says:

    loved the book when i read it a few years ago and enjoyed the film .thought it would have been more popular .

    • dckitty18 says:

      Dear Maureen,

      I think alot of people weren’t as familiar with it or maybe prejudged it beforehand, but once they see some of it the movie hooks them and eventually touches and inspires them. They just didn’t know what they were missing until they came across it. It’s more popular than you think….I get about 400-800 hits a week about it since 2010. It’s a beautiful thing to see people so curious about the movie, the story, and the poem.

      Thanks for visiting my blog 🙂
      Love Katie

  9. Regards for helping out, fantastic information.

  10. kate barrett says:

    I bought the Movie couple of days ago i watched it today, I found it a very heart warming and inspiraing movie i loved it, esp E e Cummings poem someone said earlier in the blog that He was not known here in the UK , well he is i have read lots of his work…

    • dckitty18 says:

      Hi Kate,

      I’m glad to hear different about E.E. Cummings in the U.K. May I ask you what are some of your favorites by E.E. Cummings or what would you recommend? Looking forward to hearing back from you.

      Love Katie

  11. Abigail says:

    I watched the movie again just a few hours ago. I was touched by the e.e. cummings quote that I just have to google it. Then I stumbled upon your blog . I just have to say that I love the movie. That it left me with the impression that I have to take chances in life. I will take chances from now on. 🙂

    • dckitty18 says:

      Evening Abigail,

      You have no idea how happy I was to log-in and see your comment. Had kind of a bad day, but your comment brought a smile to my face. I’m proud of you for being so inspired and for pushing yourself to take chances. You just reminded me today that no matter how negative others are towards our decisions in the end it is up to us, to take chances in life. Thank you for the reminder and the pick-me-up. I needed it!

      Love Katie

  12. John says:

    Hi –

    Like some others, I just watched the movie, liked it, cried a bit, and wanted to research the “trust your heart if the seas catch fire” quote, and found you! I used to mistakenly think that you needed to follow your head as much as your heart when it came to love, so that we all made the “right” decisions. But I’ve learned, painfully, that you just need to follow your heart, and minimize the impact of what you “think” you should do. I didnt do that with who may be the love of my life. I’m trying to resurrect it, and know I’ll be guided by my heart as I do. I hope sh’e guided by her heart as well.

    Thanks for inspiration.


  13. Angela says:

    I have this movie and have watched it so many times. I even watch it if comes on cable here. I always end up crying…. I read the book recently, and the movie does it justice (even though it’s a little different). That poem by ee cummings is so beautiful; I didn’t know the title, googled it and brought me here. Thank you for your blog – so nice to read about others who love the book, the movie and the poem.

    • dckitty18 says:

      Dear Angela,

      I must admit I do the same no matter what part of the movie it’s at when this movie comes on cable even though I own it. It’s always amazing how inspirational a movie or a story can be that no matter where you pick the story back up it can still provoke deep thought and inspiration with every part. You’d be surprised how much attention and love it still generates after the book debuted in 2004 and the movie debuted in 2010. The numbers of searches on google for “Charlie St. Cloud” or the “E.E. Cummings inspiring Poem: Dive For Dreams” to this day is phenomenal and inspiring in itself. It’s a beautiful thing that so many are touched, moved, or inspired by the choice between death and life, between the past and the future, between holding on and letting go. The discovery that miracles can happen if we simply open our hearts.

      I’m happy you enjoyed the post. I originally began my blog to touch lives far away and meet those I wouldn’t normally meet if it wasn’t for my writing.

      Thank you so much for your comment and for stopping by.

      Love Katie

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  15. antoinette says:

    hi, i have always wondered and have been thoroughly researching and still can’t find an answer but what does it mean when he says, “for god likes girls and tomorrow and the earth?”

  16. Aradhana says:

    I just watched the movie today. I’ve seen it in the shops many times but was drawn to it today. It’s truly a very inspirational movie. Loved it even though it was sad… But it makes you realise how short life is and everyday truly is precious. Thanks for sharing the poem with us. It’s so beautiful 🙂

    • dckitty18 says:

      Dear Aradhana,

      I definitely know the feeling, I too had been looking at it for some time in the stores before I had finally given in. It’s a great movie and definitely makes you contemplate about life and our lives up to this moment. Thank you so much for commenting and sharing.

  17. Ashutosh Yadav says:

    I watched this movie a week before & the lines have such an incredible effect on my mind that it keeps on retrospecting.

    “Trust your heart when seas catch fire..
    I am in love with these lines. It has got more vivid like image in my brain.

    No doubt it was a spectacular movie. 🙂

    • dckitty18 says:

      Dear Ashutosh,
      The lines were powerful. To this day it still has an immense impact on millions. Those words tend to resonate with viewers long after they’ve watched it. I know it did with me as well. It was definitely inspirational. Thanks for commenting 🙂

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