i carry your heart

Literary Tattoos: i carry your heart with me e.e. cummings

This belongs to Catherine Knott.

I got it as a link to my sister who has the poem tattooed on her leg. It’s another way we are connected now, though we live on opposite sides of the country. She got the same tattoo as me a few years back, so I’m reciprocating the love here.

Literary Tattoos: i carry your heart with me e.e. cummings

This is Diane’s.

The rose was tattooed in October of 2006 and the writing in August of 2008, both by Scott Clark at Pushing Ink in Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada. It is in memory of a close friend of mine and my family’s who died very unexpectedly at the age of 26. She has been my inspiration to be the best person that I can be, and I had this tattooed so she will always be close by me, and always “have my back”.

Literary Tattoos: i carry your heart with me e.e. cummings

This is Jenni’s.

It was originally a commemoration for my Nana who passed away from M.S. (multiple sclerosis). My mom and I found the poem when she entered hospice and it provided a lot of comfort for us. I just feel like it is a beautiful way to remember someone.

Literary Tattoos: i carry your heart with me e.e. cummings

This is Nicóle’s.  She blogged about her tattoo here.

Literary Tattoos: i carry your heart with me e.e. cummings

This belongs to Leah.

Perhaps it’s overdone, but my husband and I had “i carry your heart with me” by e.e. cummings read at our wedding last November. Shortly after, we both had a line from the poem, along with our wedding date tattooed on us. My husband deploys with the Army tomorrow [sent in 2011], and it’s a nice sentiment/reminder that even though we are apart, our hearts are interlinked.

Literary Tattoos: i carry your heart with me e.e. cummings

This belongs to Sara.

Ever since high school I have been in love with e.e. cummings poetry. This past winter my brother died in a car accident and at his memorial service I read the poem ‘i carry your heart’. It means a lot to me in the fact I really believe that I carry a piece of him at all times, and as I grow he is with me. He was only twenty-seven when he passed, but I feel as if he is still around, learning and growing with me. He is forever my inspiration to go balls to the wall, and never look back. Thanks for your time.

Literary Tattoos: i carry your heart with me e.e. cummings

This belongs to Bridget.

Literary Tattoos: i carry your heart with me e.e. cummings

This belongs to Katie.

This poem was read at my Mom’s services. She had a butterfly tattoo so I decided to get one as well. The butterfly is something that has been overdone and this poem has been inked on many people before me, but the significance of the two couldn’t be any more important to me and I’m really glad I decided to have it done. If ever a day passed that I didn’t think about my Mom, this is a constant reminder that she’s watching over me and just a little more a part of me.

Literary Tattoos: i carry your heart with me e.e. cummings

This belongs to Meg, UK.

To be honest the title means a lot more to me than the poem in full. It is for everyone I have known as a friend or more, or less that has made an impact on me. No matter how I feel about them now I will always carry a piece of them in my heart.

Literary Tattoos: i carry your heart with me e.e. cummings

This is Katie’s.

I lost my dad five years ago, and have since been looking for a tattoo idea that would best commemorate his life and all that he meant to me. The first time I read this poem I fell in love with it, and its beginning really stuck with me. I decided to get it tattooed in a heart shape right above my heart, as a constant reminder that though my dad is gone, he’ll always be with me. It’s done in my own handwriting.

Comments

  1. says

    I’ll try that again… In the first image the ink is really pale, almost like the text is coming up through the skin. How’s that done? Just off white ink?

    • Catherine K says

      I’m the owner of the white ink tattoo. I wish I had submitted a better picture once the tattoo had healed. That was taken when it was very fresh, hence the ‘text coming up through the skin’ effect. It’s all settled in now and changes a bit with the pigment of my skin, whether I’m more tan in the summer or pale in the winter. I love it.

  2. Nicole says

    I have almost the exact same tattoo. I got in done in honor of my mother, I had it done in the heart shape, and I highlighted the letters CMM in the saying because those were her initials. It is even placed in the exact same place. That is crazy.

    • says

      That’s incredible! I’ve never met anyone else with an “i carry your heart” tattoo done in the heart shape – the idea just popped into my head shortly after I realized that I wanted that particular poem inked on me, but couldn’t quite decide on a design. I love that you highlighted your mom’s initials, and am happy to find someone else with similar tattoo taste. Wish you the best! -Katie

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