For Alex- tattoo

The permanent markings on the body

signatures of hands releasing the voices of trembling pens

the mixing of blood and ink to immortalize

a floating image.

To the arms, legs, hands, and knees

these are but superficial.

Designs that seem equivalent to the scraping of the skin

Broken bones mending with cracks

they are but of the skin.

To the pages I immortalize

the words I sketch and paint across the lines

these are my tattoos.

Words to hold dear when the skin does not feel like your own.

Black against white when you only hear the red of your heart.

These are my tattoos.

These are my markings for you. 

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