Tattoo - a Poem
When I Was Young, Tattoos Were Rare Among the People I Knew
Sailors had tattoos when they returned from abroad, and an exception was made for them, but otherwise nice people in my social circle wouldn't dream of having a tattoo.
Nonetheless, I did once have a boyfriend in the merchant navy who had a wonderful eagle across his back.
Tattoo - "The Green Man"
How Things Have Changed!
I know many people now who have tattoos, some of them quite unexpected devotees, like lawyers, the girl next door and her friends, and even my nephews.
This is my Poem called Tattoo
I can admire the art, but still have qualms about the permanence - fashions and fads change, but tattoos are for ever and ever.
Anyway, I wrote this poem after thinking about tattoos generally and the emotional state of those who have them.
My first tattoo
a number on my inner arm,
as soon as I was able.
The scar remained,
The next tattoo
My lover's name
Embedded in a rose.
He died in my arms.
I added words............
........"I Love You"
The third tattoo
A dragon coiled
Around my thigh,
By loving hands -
My husband's choice.
My last tattoo
My name and number
To help you
To return me -
If I'm found.
© Diana Grant 13 March 2008
Take The Poll Below About Tatoos - See How You Measure Up To The Other Pollsters
Some people have their lover's name tattooed on their arm (or more intimate places)
Undying affection sounds wonderful, but what if ................?
Need I say more? So, here's the big question:
Would you have a tattoo of your lover's name if your lover insisted or encouraged it?
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo - Trilogy - By Stieg Larsson
A very exciting and intriguing story, or set of stories - which I found hard to put down.
He is a fantastic writer, even in translation this comes through. Stieg Larsson was an investigative journalist, and the male hero in the books is ......guess what?.....an investigative journalist. So he knows his subject well, and writes with realistic tension. The heroine, or maybe we should call her an anti-hero, is a tattooed punk with a problematic history
Here's Something Else I Wrote About Tattoos
- Tattooist at Work - Lal Hardy
Detailed commentary & photos showing the whole process of tattooing from choosing the design to executing the inking. The Tattooist is the famous Lal Hardy working in his New Wave Tattoo Studio London
Rose Tattoo by Dropkick Murphys - A Popular Video On YouTube
I very much welcome constructive criticism of my poetry, so don't feel you have to hold back, if you can suggest improvements
And please leave your links if you have written any poetry and would like to draw attention to it. I'm looking forward to finding some more poets!