Friday Poem ;)

Tattoo

by Nick Flynn

At fourteen, I wanted a tattoo.

At thirty-two, a friend and I dove into the then, less than acceptable tattoo underground. My mother was quite upset with me saying, ‘that is a permanent mark, a permanent scar!’

I explained laser therapy for tattoo removal ending my chit-chat by stating, ‘I have permanent scars from over thirteen surgeries. Those scars are permanent and can’t be lasered off. Tattoos are my scars of choice.’

A documentary on the history and art of tattoos noted many cultures denoted significant life events by inking – birth of a child, death of a parent, good health, survival~

At fifty, I celebrated with two more tattoos.

I think I’m done đŸ˜‰

Nick Flynn’s poem Tattoo gives us a glimpse into the mind and heart the soulful tattoo essence.

Enjoy!

http://academyofamericanpoets.cmail20.com/t/ViewEmail/y/4C5D02F3A479E105/F7AC937704804FC38BD4C707EBCCB890

 

Living Life to the Best of Your Possibility

‘One can judge a nation by the way it treats its most vulnerable’ ~ Aristotle

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