Andrew sent the following poem:"After conducting some inconclusive research, I discovered that my ancestry on my father's side is either English, Scottish, or both. I found an image of the painted crest online, so I used it as the basis for my tattoo.The Mobbs Family motto is Post funera feenus, which translates into 'an interest after death.' The tattoo is displayed overtly and proudly on my left forearm."
What guards you, then, is a willow hoop:
inches in diameter, webbed with blood-red
yarn, adorned with feathers and beads, first
tied together by Ojibwe hands, brown and
splintered, a stone's shot north of the Great
Lakes. The stretched quadrilaterals, those
subconscious gatekeepers, filter out that
which longs to haunt you. Someday, one will
break tradition and seep through. Worry not;
simply wake up next to me. Feel it shrivel,
like so many things, in the heat of our sun.
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Thanks to Andrew for sharing his poem and tattoo with us here on Tattoosday's Tattooed Poets Project!
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