Sunday, March 30, 2014

Inked


Bows and arrows rise
in blue-painted memory,
whisper secrets in a language
that no longer exists.

I am compelled to tattoo
Pictish letters on my skin,
preserve the modern heir
of a distant arsenal.

Midnight ink voices
another century,
another continent;
marks my rite of passage.

It tells the story of us:
connections and parallels
in endless equinox
a barcode to identify me as yours.



tk/March 2014




R.A.D. Stainforth considers a tattoo... 







23 comments:

  1. Lovely Tess.
    I will take my notepad to work and hope my mind comes up with something!
    Anna :o]

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  2. Love the last stanza most...connected we are...

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  3. A barcode - of love and memory...

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  4. I see you chose to follow the arrow to your aboriginal ancestry. A barcode to be proud of.

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  5. Simply stunning verse. And compliments to RAD. We've all got so fond of him!

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    1. Thanks Helena...he's easy to be fond of...I'm proud to have him read my stuff...

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  6. Don't have anything started yet, but...wow, Tess, this one bumps the last one I said was my favorite of yours (and that was quite awhile ago, maybe even a year back). This really connected me to a deep place. Thanks much.

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  7. I just love, 'midnight ink voices', Tess.

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  8. It is an Enigma Code , reminds me of Clannads " I will find you " from "Last of The Mohicans " ...

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  9. Even though I've gotten some ink that represents my relationship with someone else, each tattoo is still a barcode to identify me as mine.

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  10. I had a tattoo too (ha ha). I love your idea of a 'barcode to identify me as yours'. Wonderful poem.

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  11. I love this piece, especially the second stanza. It must be the Pict in me.

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  12. I like the barcode identification line, once a tattoo is done it's very personal. NIce write!

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  13. I like the mystery behind midnight ink voices. So many words carry me away with poem.

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  14. I like the mention of the tattoo. The tattooed legs drew my eye immediately. A fine read.

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  15. Very cool...I had to google "Pictish"...love it when I get to learn something new.

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  16. I loved this Tess, such a wonderfully written verse beautifully read by R.A.D

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