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The Tattooed Man

Updated on January 31, 2015

His eyes
are full of mystery.
He always looks
like he's thinking.
If his thoughts are
running deeply,
I've got every finger crossed
hoping he's plotting on me.

He picks up a tattooed hand
and grips the half full glass of whiskey.
He puts it to his lips,
sips and
runs his other hand
through his head
of dark hair.
It's closely shaven,
just like his beard.

He comes and leaves the bar
around the same time every night.
He doesn't say much.
I saw him fake a smile once.
I look at him and I blush.
I'm curious about his touch,
he seems rough.

He wears designer suits
and hangs the jackets
on the back of his chair.

Today, his white dress shirt
has the sleeves rolled up
meeting his lower elbow.

His tie is gone.

The top two buttons are open.
Through the shirt I can see,
the shapes of the muscles in his arms and chest.

All the skin that's showing
is covered with ink.
I could treat him like a book
and memorize every word.
I wouldn't need to flip any pages.

I would just-

I've got to be his girl.

He looks like a bad man.
I don't give a damn,
he just needs to find out
who I am.

I've never seen a ring
or a woman close by.
A stranger has never
shot my heart to the sky.
He looks like he could be
9 or 10 years my senior,
it doesn't matter.
In my head, I know him.
I've built a character.

They say girls shouldn't
approach guys, but I don't care.
It has been a month.
We've had muted conversations.
I know I can get the job done.

I double fist
two shots,
exhale
and wait for the
courage to kick in.

I need a few minutes...

I play on my phone
and fidget with my earring.
It puts music in my ear,
like a wind chime
during a cool breeze.
I start daydreaming.

"Ok" I tell myself,

"Stop messing around".

I hop down from the bar stool
feeling my buzz,
as my feet hit the ground.

Tonight's mission is to speak.

Tomorrow's purpose
is to read the story
of the tattooed man
from his shoulders
to his abs.

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      Ausseye 24 months ago

      A poem like no other, a wow so strong that it will tattoo my life forever. You extend the universe to its outer limits just by being your poetic you! Voted up and away on the long journey through the universe for other life forms to read you wonderful mind.

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      Ryem 5 years ago from Maryland

      Oh, wow thank you for all of those amazing compliments!! I'm glad you stopped by. : )

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      epigramman 5 years ago

      ...I love how you write like you're talking - like a poetic monologue if you will - and it's a scene right out of a movie - so you're also writing a poetic narrative too - quite amazing actually because I believed every word you said/wrote - and hubbravo from the epi-man for pulling me in here so convincingly and making me hang on every single beautiful word that you wrote.

      sending you warm wishes and good energy from lake erie time ontario canada 8:09pm

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      Ryem 5 years ago from Maryland

      Thank you for reading! I'm glad you liked it : )

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Loved it...so unique. You have a good take on finding love in unusual places!! Thanks for the write, up and way awesome, Remy.

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      QudsiaP1 5 years ago

      I absolutely loved it Ryem. You bring such a mystery to the tattooed man; one that has to be explored.

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      Ryem 5 years ago from Maryland

      That's really nice thank you, Laurinzo!

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      Live To Write 5 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Well I enjoyed yopur comment on my hub... and after reading this poem I am even more honored. You have a certain flowing style that as definitely leaving this reader hungry for more... Great stuff!!!

      Voted way up!

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      Ryem 5 years ago from Maryland

      You're too kind thanks a million!!

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      Nsmith 5 years ago

      Very well written. Hope you go very far ...

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      Ryem 5 years ago from Maryland

      Aw thanks for the follow!

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      carmaluda 5 years ago from New Zealand

      Thank you LadyCo310... going to read it now. Have just been browsing through some of Ryem's other work. I am so glad I stumbled upon her! Love the way you write Ryem. Going to follow you =)

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      Ryem 5 years ago from Maryland

      @ carmaluda Thank you!! I appreciate the vote up!

      @ LadyC0310 Thanks for that add on I'm glad you liked the second part of the story!!

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      LadyC0310 5 years ago

      Hello ...make sure you read part II....its pretty good with a surprise

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      carmaluda 5 years ago from New Zealand

      This is great! I loved how the stream of consciouness narrative unfolds. Voted up!

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      Ryem 5 years ago from Maryland

      Thank you so much!!

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      ExoticHippieQueen 5 years ago

      Very cool! The intrigue of a tattooed stranger.....I can do a lot of imagining with this great story! Voted up and awesome......

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      Ryem 5 years ago from Maryland

      @ tobusiness Thanks for your comment and the vote up! I didn't even consider writing another installment, but you've just given me something to think about....and no he's not batting for the other side lol

      @ Vincent Thanks a million for your vote as well! The mystery in a stranger's eyes sometimes makes them even more alluring. I'm glad you liked the poem and could relate.

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      Vincent Moore 5 years ago

      Very mysterious, isn't it fun to watch a stranger and have the hots for him/her? I have done the same in my time, I wondered at the beauty before me and wondered if I stood a chance, I found out a few times some were pleasant experiences and others were not so. I love your excitement build up. Well done, voted UP.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Sensuous, very sexy, I hope he's not batting for the other side. Can't wait for the next installment.

      Loved it and voting up.

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      Ryem 5 years ago from Maryland

      Thanks for reading. I appreciate your comment.

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      r1ch357 5 years ago

      Very Romantic

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      Ryem 5 years ago from Maryland

      Thank you!!!

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      LadyC0310 5 years ago

      O wow the Tatooed Man is just out right SEXY love this one!!!