Did you know April is National Poetry Month? I knew there was a National Poetry Month, but I had to look it up to be sure of when it was. And, lucky for me (because I was going to write this post one way or another), it’s coming right up!
I know what you’re thinking. You barely got over Christmas when along came Valentine’s and St. Patrick’s Day and Easter….how are you going to find the time to decorate for National Poetry Month?!
Don’t worry; I’m here to help.
The good news is that decorating for National Poetry Month is super easy. Poems are just a bunch of words, and your printer can make those for you! Phew!
Truth be told, this project was supposed to be this giant, fancy sign on reclaimed wood hanging above the board and batten in my bedroom. I’ve been planning it forever. I used to comment on people’s posts whenever they made signs, thanking them for sharing their technique because pretty soon I was going to make a sign, too!
Ahem. Two things happened: 1. life and 2. my friend, Kristi, painted an amazing octopus for me for Christmas. “Wouldn’t it be easier,” I thought to myself, “if I hung up my amazing octopus in that spot and just…printed out the words on a sheet of cardstock instead of making a sign?”
It WAS easier. So much easier.
“But you, like snow, like love, keep falling,” is from a Robert Penn Warren poem called “Love Recognized” that was read at our wedding. I was in grad school getting a degree in English at the time, so I felt a lot of pressure to find really good poems for our wedding.
Do you know how hard it is to find love poems that are both really good and NOT cynical? We ended up with “Habitation,” by Margaret Atwood, “Love is not All,” by Edna St. Vincent Millay, and “Love Recognized,” which is definitely my favorite of the bunch. The inscription on our wedding rings is “you, like snow, like love” but I expanded it to include the whole line here.
I would love to reprint the whole poem here, but I suspect I’m probably not supposed to, and one of my professors from grad school is the executor of Robert Penn Warren’s estate, and how awkward would it be if he had to sue me?
You can find it online, though, and you should, because it’s lovely. Here, in fact, is a recording of Robert Penn Warren reading the poem.
But you’re waiting for a tutorial, aren’t you? Here you go.
I found a font I liked on dafont (this one is called “gabrielle”).
I printed out the poem on cardstock.
I put it in a thrift store frame:
That snake has a piece of paper in its mouth that reads, “don’t waste copy paper.” I’d like to pay a visit to THAT office. They seem fun.
This post also serves as a preview of the master bedroom reveal I have coming up later this week! Exciting. Like National Poetry Month.