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The Tattooed Man


His eyes
are full of mystery.
He always looks
like he's thinking.
If his thoughts are
running deeply,
I've got every finger crossed
hoping he's plotting on me.

He picks up a tattooed hand
and grips the half full glass of whiskey.
He puts it to his lips,
sips and
runs his other hand
through his head
of dark hair.
It's closely shaven,
just like his beard.

He comes and leaves the bar
around the same time every night.
He doesn't say much.
I saw him fake a smile once.
I look at him and I blush.
I'm curious about his touch,
he seems rough.

He wears designer suits
and hangs the jackets
on the back of his chair.

Today, his white dress shirt
has the sleeves rolled up
meeting his lower elbow.

His tie is gone.

The top two buttons are open.
Through the shirt I can see,
the shapes of the muscles in his arms and chest.

All the skin that's showing
is covered with ink.
I could treat him like a book
and memorize every word.
I wouldn't need to flip any pages.

I would just-

I've got to be his girl.

He looks like a bad man.
I don't give a damn,
he just needs to find out
who I am.

I've never seen a ring
or a woman close by.
A stranger has never
shot my heart to the sky.
He looks like he could be
9 or 10 years my senior,
it doesn't matter.
In my head, I know him.
I've built a character.

They say girls shouldn't
approach guys, but I don't care.
It has been a month.
We've had muted conversations.
I know I can get the job done.

I double fist
two shots,
and wait for the
courage to kick in.

I need a few minutes...

I play on my phone
and fidget with my earring.
It puts music in my ear,
like a wind chime
during a cool breeze.
I start daydreaming.

"Ok" I tell myself,

"Stop messing around".

I hop down from the bar stool
feeling my buzz,
as my feet hit the ground.

Tonight's mission is to speak.

Tomorrow's purpose
is to read the story
of the tattooed man
from his shoulders
to his abs.


Ausseye on December 02, 2015:

A poem like no other, a wow so strong that it will tattoo my life forever. You extend the universe to its outer limits just by being your poetic you! Voted up and away on the long journey through the universe for other life forms to read you wonderful mind.

Ryem (author) from Maryland on September 14, 2012:

Oh, wow thank you for all of those amazing compliments!! I'm glad you stopped by. : )

epigramman on September 11, 2012:

...I love how you write like you're talking - like a poetic monologue if you will - and it's a scene right out of a movie - so you're also writing a poetic narrative too - quite amazing actually because I believed every word you said/wrote - and hubbravo from the epi-man for pulling me in here so convincingly and making me hang on every single beautiful word that you wrote.

sending you warm wishes and good energy from lake erie time ontario canada 8:09pm

Ryem (author) from Maryland on September 06, 2012:

Thank you for reading! I'm glad you liked it : )

Michelle Liew from Singapore on September 06, 2012:

Loved it...so unique. You have a good take on finding love in unusual places!! Thanks for the write, up and way awesome, Remy.

QudsiaP1 on September 02, 2012:

I absolutely loved it Ryem. You bring such a mystery to the tattooed man; one that has to be explored.

Ryem (author) from Maryland on August 29, 2012:

That's really nice thank you, Laurinzo!

LJ Scott from Phoenix, Az. on August 29, 2012:

Well I enjoyed yopur comment on my hub... and after reading this poem I am even more honored. You have a certain flowing style that as definitely leaving this reader hungry for more... Great stuff!!!

Voted way up!

Ryem (author) from Maryland on July 06, 2012:

You're too kind thanks a million!!

Nsmith on July 06, 2012:

Very well written. Hope you go very far ...

Ryem (author) from Maryland on July 06, 2012:

Aw thanks for the follow!

carmaluda from New Zealand on July 06, 2012:

Thank you LadyCo310... going to read it now. Have just been browsing through some of Ryem's other work. I am so glad I stumbled upon her! Love the way you write Ryem. Going to follow you =)

Ryem (author) from Maryland on July 06, 2012:

@ carmaluda Thank you!! I appreciate the vote up!

@ LadyC0310 Thanks for that add on I'm glad you liked the second part of the story!!

LadyC0310 on July 06, 2012:

Hello ...make sure you read part II....its pretty good with a surprise

carmaluda from New Zealand on July 06, 2012:

This is great! I loved how the stream of consciouness narrative unfolds. Voted up!

Ryem (author) from Maryland on July 02, 2012:

Thank you so much!!

ExoticHippieQueen on July 02, 2012:

Very cool! The intrigue of a tattooed stranger.....I can do a lot of imagining with this great story! Voted up and awesome......

Ryem (author) from Maryland on July 01, 2012:

@ tobusiness Thanks for your comment and the vote up! I didn't even consider writing another installment, but you've just given me something to think about....and no he's not batting for the other side lol

@ Vincent Thanks a million for your vote as well! The mystery in a stranger's eyes sometimes makes them even more alluring. I'm glad you liked the poem and could relate.

Vincent Moore on July 01, 2012:

Very mysterious, isn't it fun to watch a stranger and have the hots for him/her? I have done the same in my time, I wondered at the beauty before me and wondered if I stood a chance, I found out a few times some were pleasant experiences and others were not so. I love your excitement build up. Well done, voted UP.

Jo Alexis-Hagues from Lincolnshire, U.K on July 01, 2012:

Sensuous, very sexy, I hope he's not batting for the other side. Can't wait for the next installment.

Loved it and voting up.

Ryem (author) from Maryland on July 01, 2012:

Thanks for reading. I appreciate your comment.

r1ch357 on July 01, 2012:

Very Romantic

Ryem (author) from Maryland on July 01, 2012:

Thank you!!!

LadyC0310 on July 01, 2012:

O wow the Tatooed Man is just out right SEXY love this one!!!

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