Every Tattoo Is A Memory

by J. P. Davies

Every tattoo is a memory
so I'll remember this in my skin.
Draw it out in symbols
so that you can see it too.

Every goodbye is a love song
so tonight I'll sing it for you
a querulous melody
meant to keep you in mind.

Every moment is a sunrise
so I'll put this song in my skin
to remember you in the morning
when I rise.


Author's Note: Just a thought I had while sitting here at work. I think that "every goodbye is a love song" is from a switchfoot song but I didn't purposely lift it. Just in case...that line is copyright Jon Foreman. Actually I looked it up it's from the song Yesterdays and it says "Every lament is a love song"

Posted on 04/19/2008
Copyright © 2020 J. P. Davies

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Gabriel Ricard on 04/20/08 at 03:09 AM

Heh. Either way, good stuff.

Posted by Anita Mac on 04/20/08 at 04:02 AM

Love how the last stanza weaves it all together. Lovely piece.

Posted by Alison McKenzie on 04/20/08 at 09:08 PM

I have two tattoos. Not sure if I'll get any more, but I loved how you captured "so I'll remember this in my skin. Draw it out in symbols". Wonderful work!!!

Posted by Mo Couts on 07/06/11 at 04:29 AM

I have 9 tattoos, with plenty of ideas for more to come, so reading this felt like home, b/c I know what it's like to feel this way. Nicely done.

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