This week’s challenge at Document Life Workshop is to use a poem, and because my take on the challenge this time around is just words (though words are totally enough), I thought I’d show you a few examples of how I’ve used poetry in my memory keeping in the past.
The first page I’m sharing, which I made early in my scrapbooking days, features a sonnet I wrote in high school. It’s all full of depressing imagery, so you can tell it’s pre-Jake. This page marks a really painful time in my life, a time I want to respect because it made me grow, but something I don’t really want the people looking through my scrapbooks to know much about. Using a poem I wrote during the time period helped me document in a way that’s just for me. Using poetry can keep things private while simultaneously recording them.
A couple of neat things about the page: The “title” is actually the first line of the poem. The poem is from 2003, the pictures 2005, and it was made around 2007.
This was probably my second double page layout ever. The layout, which is about Jake’s and my first kiss, has only poetry as journaling. One of the poems is mine, the other Jake’s. I love that we wrote to / about each other so much. Our early years are well documented in words, from both of our perspectives. Our journals are some of my most treasured items. The best thing about these two is that we each wrote them without the other person knowing: we were still way to embarrassed to share that there was any poetry writing going on at this point.
I love that these poems express what would be so hard to capture in prose. If you struggle recording strong emotions, give poetry a whirl! (Don’t worry if it’s any good. Ours sure isn’t!)
The rest of our collected high school years poems, as well as the lyrics to songs that meant a lot to us, are contained in a scrapbook / art journal of sorts I gave Jake as a gift the Christmas during our Senior year. The blue words are mine, the green are Jake’s, and the black and red are from other sources. I look through this and the memories of those early years are SO VIVID. By capturing not only our love poems to each other, but the songs that meant so much to us then, I created an awesome time capsule before I even knew what scrapbooking was.
It would be hard to submerge into this amount of sappiness as an adult, but I’m so glad we were so uninhibited about expressing our feelings for each other then! Words are important, and if they don’t seem to be enough, steal someone else’s. Record relationships and feelings, not just what happens in your life!
Need help documenting relationships? Check out my How We Began post, then try Amy of Lemon and Raspberry’s Journaling course Our first year together (to which I’m a contributor) or The Ties That Bind taught by Stephanie Howell.