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.

I carry it in my heart

This is Emily’s tattoo.

The tattoo is in my boyfriend Quenten’s handwriting [which is why there is no parenthesis and an included period], who committed suicide April 17th [2009]. This has always been my favorite poem but had such a deeper meaning while being with Quenten. I felt this poem described the way I felt about him.   After his death, I found this quote in many of his letters to me. It’s a little reminder that no matter what, he will he will always be with me and we will forever have each other’s hearts. I will always love him, no matter where I am in life.

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

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)

- e. e. cummings, i carry your heart with me

as small as a world

This tattoo belongs to Chealsye.

e.e. cummings is by far my favorite poet, and this my favorite of his work. The line about the stone hit me hard when I first stumbled across this poem in a textbook at 16. Fell in love instantly, but it also pained me. Seriously though, how beautiful is that? “As small as a world and as large as alone” Brilliant too. This world, this physical place that is large enough to inhabit the land, ocean, 7 billion people, countless species of animals, that all pales in comparison to the feeling of being alone. It is such a lovely poem, and spoke to me. We always find what we need. Growing up in Florida, and as a child loving the ocean (not so much in my mid-teen years) definitely adds to it.

Literary Tattoos: maggie and milly and molly and may e.e. cummings

Literary Tattoos: maggie and milly and molly and may e.e. cummings

maggie and milly and molly and may
went down to the beach(to play one day)

and maggie discovered a shell that sang
so sweetly she couldn’t remember her troubles,and

milly befriended a stranded star
whose rays five languid fingers were;

and molly was chased by a horrible thing
which raced sideways while blowing bubbles:and

may came home with a smooth round stone
as small as a world and as large as alone.

For whatever we lose(like a you or a me)
it’s always ourselves we find in the sea

- “maggie and milly and molly and may” by e.e. cummings

i carry your heart

This is Tiffany’s tattoo:

I got the tattoo last spring, in honor of my husband, whose heart I carry in mine.

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

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)

- e. e. cummings, i carry your heart with me

little birds

This is Kate‘s tattoo:

I discovered this poem in high school and immediately fell in love with the poem as well as ee cummings’s style. The first two lines have since echoed in my brain as a sort of mantra reminding me to slow down and remember to appreciate the small pleasures in life. Also, the font is OldStyle and took me forever to decide on :) Overall, I am incredibly pleased with the tattoo!

Literary Tattoos: may my heart always be open to little e.e. cummings

Literary Tattoos: may my heart always be open to little e.e. cummings

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
and 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

- may my heart always be open to little by e.e. cummings.

i carry your heart

This tattoo was submitted by Bella.

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

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)

- e. e. cummings, i carry your heart with me

(i carry it in my heart)

This tattoo was submitted by Danielle with a sad story:

Just over a year ago my fiance Noel took his own life. I had been in the process of making him a scrapbook to give to him at our rehearsal dinner. One of the pages included e.e. cummings’  poem “i carry your heart with me.”

A month after his death I had this tattoo done on the inside of my left wrist. It has the first line of the cummings’ poem around a winged heart. The tattoo was done by Alex at Fat Ram Pumpkin Tattoo in JP, Mass. The picture doesn’t do well showing the coloring, but Alex did a beautiful job.

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

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)

- e. e. cummingsLiterary Tattoos: i carry your heart with me e.e. cummings , i carry your heart with me