Wednesday, January 12, 2011

an illustrated e.e. cummings

One of my favorite poems (by one of my favorite poets) is "i carry your heart" by e.e. cummings.

My roommate, dear friend, and bridesmaid, Em, has a to-die-for voice, and I asked her to sing a musical rendition of the poem during our wedding ceremony (to stream THE best version sung by Kate McGarry, click here).

My mom made some sample, possible, invitations to use for the wedding, and even though we decided against using it (too busy!), this mock invitation was inspired by e.e. cummings's poem (note the roots. and the buds. and the tree called life):

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
i fear
no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)


  1. ANNA!!!! So, I totally understand why you're not making these for your invitations since it would take so much time... but these are the coolest DIY invitations I've ever seen!!! I love how the flowers are sort of 3D and standing out from the paper. Your mom is an amazing crafter!! I love how you all made it so personal by picking a favorite poem and going from there. Nick and I love this poem- my favorite line is "this is the wonder that is keeping the stars apart". Beautiful poem and beautiful/amazing/impressive invitation!

  2. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! I can't believe this invitation! It's gorgeous! Can't wait to see what the final invite looks like :)