Commission an original poem for a friend and let them know just how much they mean!
The Original Poet has written many a friendship rhyme and several about her own posse of pals. Simply tell her what you would like to say (we know you have the ammunition!) about their funny habits, sayings, disasters and triumphs and she'll weave all that you spill, into a humorous, witty and touching poem about your friend.
Once approved, your original poem will be made into a beautiful foiled print, embossed with The Original Poet's signature mark. It will then be professionally framed in a contemporary white recessed frame and gift wrapped with a beautiful ribbon and tag.
No formulas or templates are ever used in the writing of our poems. As Lizzie writes each commission with great passion, tuning in to what you would like say, she does not set a word-count which might restrict the flow of her beautiful words. As a guide though, the poem will be around 28 to 48 lines long.
How can I thank you enough for the wonderful birthday poem. I was bowled over, stunned, almost cried and a whole lots of other emotions beside. It’s beautiful and perfect!xLaurie Janicker
How it works
Your original poem will be written personally by award-winning poet and artist Lizzie Mole.
Based on a simple questionnaire that will be sent at the time of ordering, she'll ask for the lowdown on the recipient(s) their habits, nicknames, funny stories and anything that will allow her to create an affectionate portrait of your special person.
A draft will be sent to you by email for approval and any small changes can be made to ensure you are happy with the final piece.
Your poem will be printed on the highest quality archival paper from heritage paper merchant GF Smith.
The fine-grain smooth art paper is 240gsm and has been selected specifically for foiling to ensure a beautiful finish. Simply choose from silver, gold or rose gold at the point of ordering.
The framed poem is approximately A4 in size, with outside dimensions of 24.2 x 30.3cm and depth 3.7cm
Our frames are handmade in Brighton by a highly skilled framer, specialising in hand-finishing. We've chosen a simple hand-painted white frame with a slight grain to complement our foiled poems.
The frame has been designed with a recess, which means there is a space between the print and the glazing. This allows the light to really catch the foiled finish, as well as creating a gallery-style look, only achieved by professional framing.
The frame is made from sustainably sourced pine and is glazed with picture grade acrylic.
If I could bottle friendship,
it would look a lot like you.
A very special vintage,
found in things you say and do.
Just like your favourite tipple,
vin rouge, you’re just as warm,
you bring good cheer and laughter,
with your big smile can transform
the atmosphere around you,
the party comes alive,
whether singing hits by ABBA,
or ‘wowing’ with a jive.
You’re a go-to-girl for hot tips,
on films and books and places,
and on a movie theme,
when talking ‘Thor’, then your heart races!
A custodian of secrets
and a generous listening ear,
a someone to rely on,
things feel better when you’re near.
And of course, you’re a big softie,
tigers always melt your heart,
and so does hubby Nigel,
true romantics from the start.
So Heidi, on this birthday,
I raise to you a toast,
to celebrate my dearest friend,
and the things that I love most.