He chose this one to share:
Aaron tells us:
"I chose to get a candle on my right forearm because I am named after a character in a novel my father wrote a few years before I was born. Aaron is the main character of the novel Operation BurningCandle by Blyden Jackson and it is that character who gave me my name.
While attending a church charity function, I won a gift certificate in a silent auction from Body and Soul Tattoos in Jersey City, NJ. My wife is a designer (ladyjay.net) and she created the image for the tattoo as she has with a number of my other tattoos and I used the gift certificate to get it done. At this time my father was dying of cancer and I wanted him to see the candle I was getting to honor him before he passed away. When he saw it, he thanked me, a few weeks later, he was gone."
|Poet Aaron M.P. Jackson and author Blyden Jackson|
He also shared this poem, which was previously published in The Furious Gazelle in January 2014::
I have to shave my Dad’s face
He is weak
His skin is droopy
He looks terrible
But he is my Dad
So I try not to cut him
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Thanks to Aaron for his contribution to this year's Tattooed Poets Project on Tattoosday!
This entry is ©2014 Tattoosday. The poem and tattoo are reprinted with the poet's permission.