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Tattoo - a Poem

Updated on April 26, 2018
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I started writing poetry as a child. I write performance poetry, observational, sometimes humorous, sometimes serious human rights issues

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.

Rose Tattoo
Rose Tattoo | Source


My first tattoo

a number on my inner arm,


as soon as I was able.

The scar remained,

covered up.

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

Dragon Tattoo


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?

See results

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo - Trilogy - By Stieg Larsson

Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy Series Set: (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) (The Girl Who Played with Fire) (The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest) (Millennium Trilogy)
Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy Series Set: (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) (The Girl Who Played with Fire) (The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest) (Millennium Trilogy)
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? 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

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!

Have you got any thoughts about this web page? - I'd like to hear from you

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      7 years ago

      Cool post here, I enjoyed the poem Diana. Thanks for sharing it on our Poetic Ink Community on G+.

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      7 years ago

      Great lens. Poem was excellent.

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      Rose Jones 

      8 years ago

      Fascinating lens, I don't have any tattoos, who knows what the future will bring?

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      Diana Grant 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      I suppose if you love the person, you love their tattoos because it's part of them - unless they are really awful (the tattoos, not the person!)

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      Diana Grant 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Yes they are fascinating, aren't they?

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      8 years ago

      I really liked that first part of the poem - numbers on the inner arm... Gave me chills. Personally, I'm not into tattoos, but find them fascinating to look at.

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      Klaartje Loose 

      8 years ago

      Beautiful poem.

      I was not into tattoos at all, but my Love has a few of them. Started to like them on him, because of the story they tell about his life and dreams, because I love him anyway. For me it's still a no go though.

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      John Dyhouse 

      9 years ago from UK

      very thoughtful poem

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      chft55 lm 

      9 years ago

      I liked the poem a lot. I've been thinking about if I want a tattoo or not, and this was a great poem for me to read. I also have a poetry lens, if you want to check it out. It's called Poetry of a Tormented Soul, and I'm also looking for constructive criticism.

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      Oneshotvariety LM 

      9 years ago

      Neat poem! Well done! :]

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      Rhonda Albom 

      9 years ago from New Zealand

      Really powerful poem. Wonderful lens. Blessed.

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      Harshitha LM 

      9 years ago

      I loved the poem. Especially the end.

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      mattseefood lm 

      10 years ago

      Love your poem :) Thank you very much!

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      10 years ago

      Loved the tattoo poem and the inspiration from it. Love tattoos but temporary ones, henna design on my palm is a favourite of my tattoo designs.

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      10 years ago

      you are a lovely poet, Diana, and I admire your web pages for their elegance and presentation. As for tattoos they still signify to me somthings I don't associate with, such as decorating ones lovely body with graffiti. Saw a lady with tattoos on her arms who was over 60 and the muscles were drooping - not a pretty sight and I have to say I wonder if people with body graffiti ever contemplate old age and accidental scarring as a probem. Great lens and featured on Mindless Matter. Thanks for recent lens blessing.

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      10 years ago

      I agree, it is delightful. I have some of the same thoughts about tattoos, although my daughter has four small ones that are lovely. You have a great sense of humor.

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      10 years ago

      As usual, your poems are so wonderful. I was delighted with this one. Thanks for sharing it.

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      Diana Grant 

      10 years ago from United Kingdom

      @solidmanxyz: I had a look. You might like to see my other Tattoo Lens: Tattooist at Work

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      10 years ago

      Love the information on tattoos. I'm really into new tattoo designs ideas so check out chinese tattoo designs this is v-good ;)

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      Rachel Field 

      11 years ago

      I've never had a tattoo or wanted one but I enjoyed this page nonetheless! Beautiful poem and beautifully put together page!


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