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Viola Grey

(Feb '73 / NZ)

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A New Tattoo


I'll wear you always,
etched to my skin
mythically rising from the flames
where you live to fight
another day.
Emerging from ashes
of your own demise,
resplendent reds upon golden fire,
a teardropp to heal,
song within your cry,
power of the Gods.
Above your wings
lays the inscription:
Nothing Lasts Forever,
in stark reference
to the life I know.
You, however,
will fly upon my flesh
as long as I survive,
until I'm bathed in fire.

13/7/07

Submitted: Saturday, July 12, 2008

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  • Loyd C. Taylor, Sr. (5/13/2014 4:32:00 AM)

    Good morning Viola. I just read your poem, interesting and thought provoking, sounds like a romance poem of some sort. Well done written in the words on the skin. Loyd MY latest post is Morning Murders. Have a great day! (Report) Reply

  • Akhtar Jawad (5/13/2014 1:50:00 AM)

    A tattoo is mostly a symbol of nativity. I don't know whether the poet//poetess is a native or a descendant of immigrants. The poem needs a foot note. Technically it's a good poem full of emotions and determinations. (Report) Reply

  • Michelle Claus (5/13/2014 12:34:00 AM)

    The way this poem is composed makes me wonder about the back story. Many readers can insert their own back stories and identify with your phoenix tattoo. I'm imagining some form of addiction and recovery, but the back story could be anything where the road once traveled was rough and the road ahead is not necessarily easy, but better. (Report) Reply

  • Gajanan Mishra (5/12/2013 5:27:00 AM)

    To the life I know / as long as I survive. good poem, thanks.
    I invite you to read my poems and comment. (Report) Reply

  • Deci Hernandez (5/12/2012 4:04:00 PM)

    i hate tatoos, but a poem about a tatoo. this'll do. nice work. You however will fly upon my flesh... sweet rhythm. (Report) Reply

  • Deva De Silva (3/15/2009 12:26:00 PM)

    Feelings felt deep within definitely a tattoo by default... I liked the way you express it... (Report) Reply

  • *Trusting You* (11/23/2008 11:49:00 PM)

    this is a great way to think about a tattoo... vary good images. I really like this one. good job.
    Crystal (Report) Reply

  • Vanish Windows (10/20/2008 5:10:00 PM)

    Lovely image of the phoenix and its illustration on the skin. 'Nothing Lasts Forever' but a tattoo lasts as long as the skin has life. A sensitive metaphor, written without oversentimentalising or padding. (Report) Reply

  • David Desantis (10/7/2008 8:44:00 AM)

    Ok you definately have talent...this is my kind of writing right here. You can instantly tell the people with natural talent on this site, and you are one of them! ! Excellent 10/10 (Report) Reply

  • Tj Becker (9/20/2008 8:48:00 PM)

    A poem of remembrance, hope, and determination to never forget. A deep wonderful write, (Report) Reply

  • Taylor Butts (8/5/2008 10:20:00 PM)

    mad props sister. i like this one. your just describing a tattoo but you do in a way that makes it sound, for lack of a better word, epic. nice. (Report) Reply

  • , aryaindia (7/27/2008 1:13:00 AM)

    This is a subject that I have often wondered about. Some have tattos on them which they may regret in life for eg...some one's name or the name of their caste which may embarass them later in life. But it is something that you cannot erase and I felt so much for your thought in this wonderful poem. Regards, arya (Report) Reply

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