Do you have a favorite poem or song meaningful to you because it brings to mind, with a smile, warm and fuzzy thoughts about a special person? Many of us read poetry or listen to certain songs for the way they make us feel, the places they transport us, and the memories they sharpen. They are magical portals into other worlds, and often times, they feel quite personal.
What if we told you you could gift your special someone lines from your favorite piece, delivered on a handcrafted wooden watch designed to your specifications?
To get you started, we’ve curated eight sparkling lines from classic poetry and literature. So what do these have in common? They capture love in 8 words or less, all guaranteed to fit onto the backs of our timepieces, like a shared secret:
- i carry your ❤️with me (i carry it in my ❤) -ee cummings
Gift this quote to your one true love for the ultimate way to let them know they are your end and your beginning, that just about everything you do takes them into account. Taken from one of ee cumming’s better known poems, it captures that abundant feeling one person might give you: that their love practically explains the secrets of the universe.
- If I know what love is, it’s because of you. -Hermann Hesse
For you, your one special person set the standard of what love looks and feels like. This person could be your devoted partner, a close friend who’s been with you from the start, a parent who worked hard to create a safe and warm home for you to thrive in.
- Her shine could take me anywhere. -Peter Gizzi, “Lines Depicting Simple Happiness”
This poem’s narrator marvels at the way all good things seem to intersect in the heart of his beloved. Up close and personal, he takes in all the details of her physical being and appreciates their power in sending him into the spiritual, to other worlds entirely, opening up a lifetime of possibilities, of the simple pleasure in aging gracefully together.
- Love until the night collapses! -Pablo Neruda, “The Heights of Macchu Picchu -- VIII”
If you and your partner enjoy larger-than-life poems and are looking for a poem bearing a little more worldly weight, this line meets the requirement. Chilean poet Pablo Neruda penned this longer epic poem with the stuff of myth and memory. In this line, which shows up in Canto 8, the speaker encourages us to love rapturously, passionately and thoroughly.
- I’d rather look at you than all the world’s art. -Frank O’Hara, “Having a Coke With You”
While spending time in a museum housing some of the world’s most famous works of art, the speaker in Frank O’Hara’s famous poem is so lovesick to distraction, he’d rather bask in the everyday beauty of his love interest instead. All those highly-regarded portraits, so far removed from the present, can’t quite compete with the real person right in front of him.
- She walks in beauty, like the night. -Lord Byron, “She Walks in Beauty”
If you’re looking for a way to express your admiration of another exceptional woman in your life --be it your mother, best girlfriend, or sister--try this one on for size. On the surface, the poem celebrates beauty of the best kind: the kind that glows from the inside out. Complicated, imperfect, self-possessed, and hard-won beauty. The best of all worlds.
- My river runs to thee. Say, sea, take me! -Emily Dickinson, “My River”
If you’re feeling a little dramatic, use this line from Emily Dickinson’s playful short poem for a light, flirty, quirky message taken out of time. Because we’re all separate, massive oceans reaching out through various rivers and channels to trickle into the heart of others.
- And here you are making gold of it. -Rupi Kaur, Milk and Honey
Last but not least, we wanted to make sure we sampled a strong self-love quote. Rupi Kaur’s virally popular book of poems Milk and Honey is a great resource to find quotes of this variety. In essence, making gold of it involves turning life’s hurdles on their heads--the equivalent of squeezing lemons into lemonade.
Capturing and immortalizing those special moments to share with the people who matter most to you is what we’re all about. We believe sharing the words that have come to mean the most to you--from your favorite works of art--through all the years is a thoughtful way to do this. What are some of your favorite poems and songs? Can you make it hit 8 words?