Wednesday, April 13, 2011

there is a love called maintenance

A few weeks ago, I got a papercut commission from Jennifer. She asked if I could do one based on this poem by U A Fanthorpe. I love it so much. 


There is a kind of love called maintenance
Which stores the WD40 and knows when to use it

Which checks the insurance, and doesn’t forget
The milkman; which remembers to plant bulbs;

Which answers letters; which knows the way
The money goes; which deals with dentists

And Road Fund Tax and meeting trains,
And postcards to the lonely; which upholds

The permanently rickety elaborate
Structures of living, which is Atlas.

And maintenance is the sensible side of love,
Which knows what time and weather are doing
To my brickwork; insulates my faulty wiring;
Laughs at my dryrotten jokes; remembers
My need for gloss and grouting; which keeps
My suspect edifice upright in air,
As Atlas did the sky.



  1. I'd never read that poem before, and it's just beautiful. I love the way you've interpreted it and have been a fan of yours since finding your flickr. If only I could settle on what exactly I'd want, I'd send you a papercut commission! :)

  2. i love the poem, and this papercut is just SO BEAUTIFUL. OH MY HEAVENLY DAYS.

  3. Is there a special paper that I should use when I try papercutting?

  4. @christy thank you! isn't it just a lovely poem?

    @olga thank you so!

    @becca YOU ROCK.

    @leather&lace xx!

    @alyssa i don't use any special paper. hehe. :) in fact i'm still looking for the perfect kind.