I have one small tattoo that I got in college on a whim, and though not profound or "serious" in its outward appearance, I do love it. I got it at a time when I was truly discovering myself and my sexuality, where I could finally accept that calling myself a feminist and having submissive sexual tendencies didn't have to be opposing forces. Thank you, college, for that!
I'm pondering getting one more, either on my shoulder or lower hip, right on the bone, or on the underside of a breast. Something also small. I'm not a fan of ostentatious tattoos. My body just isn't big enough for that, and it's just not something I find attractive, personally. Plus, I like skin. ;) I want it to be a quote, and I would have gotten one already, except that I'm not sure which one! Of course, Shakespeare comes to mind, and I've narrowed it down
“I liked to wear lipstick
and nothing else
and found myself fascinated
with the shape
of my lips
and the different colors
I could make them.”
But it’s also very symbolic and figurative. We all have insecurities, and as I was compiling my poems to include, I realized the theme of facade runs through much of my work. In fact, most of my writing does, even my novels, those fronts we all put up in real life: who we are expected to be, which is sometimes in direct competition with WHO we really are.
She lifts a leg,
one at a time,
rolls the nylon up over
painted pointed toes,
across straight knees,
over the spot charged with electricity
because of him,
and at last rests them around her waist
with an elastic snap.
but for the nude of her tights,
and runs her fingers down her body
one last time.
The legs that were never long enough
are suddenly just right.
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