i was wrong to think i would be able to relax a little after the launch of my website. i soon realized the deadline for the Hallmark Design Competition was here, with the theme being Love. since i didn't have much time to brainstorm, i gave my ideas a first come first served kind of treatment.
the first concept was inspired by one of my favorite love songs, Le Parapluie (the umbrella) by the great poet/singer/songwriter Georges Brassens. you can listen to it and read the lyrics here. and if you don't speak french, it's basically about this guy who, on a rainy day, happens to have an umbrella and who accompanies a woman without one. sharing his umbrella makes him feel he is in heaven, and wish "it would rain for forty days and forty nights, like during the Flood."
raindrops made me think about another poem i love, by one of my favorite armenian poets, Zareh Khrakhouni, about two raindrops who meet at the end of a gutter and fall in love.
so my second entry looked like this:
i found translations of some of his poems here. and i was very happy that the one i was thinking about was translated! (unfortunately there are no credits on the website, so i am not able to credit the translator as i would've liked to.)
From the roofs
From the edge of one of the many roofs
A drop of water slides down, meets another and says –
Do you know what?
Do you know what I like most about you –
You don’t look like anyone else …
From the roofs
From the numerous roofs
From the edge of these many roofs
Two drops of water – like all the other drops –
Arrowed by the same rays of the sun
Drunk with a newly opened rainbow
United like a pot of light
Satiated like a heavenly fruit
Fused – heavy
Drop to the earth as limpid tears of happiness
And one says to the other –
Do you know what? Do you know what
I would like most of all
When I drop to the earth next time?
I want to meet another one – exactly like you …
i also came accross this other poem by him about love under an umbrella, and realized he must have written it around the same time Brassens was singing about his gratitude to his umbrella (sometime in the mid-sixties).
IN THE RAIN (excerpt)
One umbrella two hearts –
Under the tapping drops
Palpitating in rhythm
With each other in the rain
One umbrella two loves –
Dripping from the edges
Like limpid teardrops
One umbrella two lives –
Just like accompanying steps
United in this common
there was no poetry behind my third entry, although metaphors definitely played a role. rain made me think of clouds, and i tried to illustrate two clouds in love. kittens, raindrops, why not clouds?
as another beautiful song from the sixties goes: here comes the sun and i say it's alright...