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Tattoo - a Poem

I started writing poetry as a child. I write performance poetry, observational, sometimes humorous, sometimes serious human rights issues

When I Was Young, Tattoos Were Rare Among the People I Knew

Sailors had tattoos when they returned from abroad, and an exception was made for them, but otherwise nice people in my social circle wouldn't dream of having a tattoo.

Nonetheless, I did once have a boyfriend in the merchant navy who had a wonderful eagle across his back.

Tattoo - "The Green Man"

How Things Have Changed!

I know many people now who have tattoos, some of them quite unexpected devotees, like lawyers, the girl next door and her friends, and even my nephews.

This is my Poem called Tattoo

I can admire the art, but still have qualms about the permanence - fashions and fads change, but tattoos are for ever and ever.

Anyway, I wrote this poem after thinking about tattoos generally and the emotional state of those who have them.


My first tattoo

a number on my inner arm,


as soon as I was able.

The scar remained,

covered up.

The next tattoo

My lover's name

Embedded in a rose.

He died in my arms.

I added words............

........"I Love You"

The third tattoo

A dragon coiled

Around my thigh,


By loving hands -

My husband's choice.

My last tattoo

My name and number

To help you

To return me -

If I'm found.

© Diana Grant 13 March 2008

My First Tattoo - a Number

Holocaut Tattoo

Holocaut Tattoo

The Next Tattoo - a Rose

Rose Tattoo

Rose Tattoo

The Third Tattoo - a Dragon

Take The Poll Below About Tatoos - See How You Measure Up To The Other Pollsters


Some people have their lover's name tattooed on their arm (or more intimate places)

Undying affection sounds wonderful, but what if ................?

Need I say more? So, here's the big question:

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo - Trilogy - By Stieg Larsson

Here's Something Else I Wrote About Tattoos

  • Tattooist at Work - Lal Hardy
    Detailed commentary & photos showing the whole process of tattooing from choosing the design to executing the inking. The Tattooist is the famous Lal Hardy working in his New Wave Tattoo Studio London

I very much welcome constructive criticism of my poetry, so don't feel you have to hold back, if you can suggest improvements

And please leave your links if you have written any poetry and would like to draw attention to it. I'm looking forward to finding some more poets!

Have you got any thoughts about this web page? - I'd like to hear from you

CloudExplorer on November 01, 2013:

Cool post here, I enjoyed the poem Diana. Thanks for sharing it on our Poetic Ink Community on G+.

tonyleather on October 25, 2013:

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Great lens. Poem was excellent.

Rose Jones on July 09, 2013:

Fascinating lens, I don't have any tattoos, who knows what the future will bring?

Diana Grant (author) from United Kingdom on July 09, 2013:

I suppose if you love the person, you love their tattoos because it's part of them - unless they are really awful (the tattoos, not the person!)

Diana Grant (author) from United Kingdom on July 09, 2013:

Yes they are fascinating, aren't they?

writerkath on July 09, 2013:

I really liked that first part of the poem - numbers on the inner arm... Gave me chills. Personally, I'm not into tattoos, but find them fascinating to look at.

Klaartje Loose on July 09, 2013:

Beautiful poem.

I was not into tattoos at all, but my Love has a few of them. Started to like them on him, because of the story they tell about his life and dreams, because I love him anyway. For me it's still a no go though.

John Dyhouse from UK on August 03, 2012:

very thoughtful poem

chft55 lm on July 18, 2012:

I liked the poem a lot. I've been thinking about if I want a tattoo or not, and this was a great poem for me to read. I also have a poetry lens, if you want to check it out. It's called Poetry of a Tormented Soul, and I'm also looking for constructive criticism.

Oneshotvariety LM on May 14, 2012:

Neat poem! Well done! :]

Diana Grant (author) from United Kingdom on November 25, 2011:

@RhondaAlbom: Thanks so much for blessin - I love a bit of praise!

Rhonda Albom from New Zealand on October 27, 2011:

Really powerful poem. Wonderful lens. Blessed.

Harshitha LM on October 03, 2011:

I loved the poem. Especially the end.

mattseefood lm on May 04, 2011:

Love your poem :) Thank you very much!

anonymous on February 05, 2011:

Loved the tattoo poem and the inspiration from it. Love tattoos but temporary ones, henna design on my palm is a favourite of my tattoo designs.

norma-holt on January 22, 2011:

you are a lovely poet, Diana, and I admire your web pages for their elegance and presentation. As for tattoos they still signify to me somthings I don't associate with, such as decorating ones lovely body with graffiti. Saw a lady with tattoos on her arms who was over 60 and the muscles were drooping - not a pretty sight and I have to say I wonder if people with body graffiti ever contemplate old age and accidental scarring as a probem. Great lens and featured on Mindless Matter. Thanks for recent lens blessing.

kimmanleyort on December 18, 2010:

I agree, it is delightful. I have some of the same thoughts about tattoos, although my daughter has four small ones that are lovely. You have a great sense of humor.

BuckHawkcenter on October 26, 2010:

As usual, your poems are so wonderful. I was delighted with this one. Thanks for sharing it.

Diana Grant (author) from United Kingdom on October 07, 2010:

@solidmanxyz: I had a look. You might like to see my other Tattoo Lens: Tattooist at Work

solidmanxyz on October 07, 2010:

Love the information on tattoos. I'm really into new tattoo designs ideas so check out chinese tattoo designs this is v-good ;)

Rachel Field on April 10, 2010:

I've never had a tattoo or wanted one but I enjoyed this page nonetheless! Beautiful poem and beautifully put together page!

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