This tiny piece of (almost) nothingness was based upon the last few lines of a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Although I’d read the poem before, (way back in my teens), I’d forgotten about it until I opened a book to read one evening and found the ending of the poem at the very start of the book. On the opening page, were these last eight lines of the poem:
I have you fast in my fortress,
And will not let you depart,
But put you down into the dungeon
In the round-tower of my heart.
And there will I keep you forever,
Yes, forever and a day,
Till the walls shall crumble to ruin,
And moulder in dust away!!
Those lines have stayed with me ever since – and I’ve never forgotten them.
It was because of the last four lines of the poem that I decided to make The Round Tower of my Heart pin/brooch.
It’s really quite tiny to look at with the naked eye – at less than an inch at it’s very widest point, and although 2″ tall it looks smaller because of the design. (measurements in the photograph are in centimetres).
I purposely made it with a nod to the more whimsy, but in very dark silvery grey/black, as I wanted it to feel like it was, although a little foreboding and from the depths of somewhere that was dark, actually a quiet, gentle, beautiful place (hence the whimsical beauty of the piece) – but that it was also a place which kept that within its walls a closely guarded secret, and away from the prying eyes of others. Down in the dungeon; in the Round Tower of my Heart.
Thank you so much for visiting, and having a read. I hope the pin brooch is something which holds something for you.