Today's tattooed poet is EJ Koh, who sent this incredible tattoo:
EJ credits this revolver/fountain pen tattoo to RuFi (Russ) Designs at Outer Limits in Costa Mesa, CA. "To me the design was self-explanatory and simple," EJ explained. "Later on, I added my parents' names beneath the revolver."
EJ sent us this poem:
Ingredients for Memories That Can Be Used As Explosives
I am not sad anymore; I am on the rooftop of my life
cheering until my body of hallways opens, jade and steaming.
When a pope dies tradition says to hit his head with a silver
hammer 3 times to see if he’s alive: koong koong koong koong.
I’ve been so many popes. The shells of laughing are cooked.
Open the door and let them know I am not sad anymore.
Not once carrying my lunch pail soul with bright green fingernails—
Can a soul be excited to tears? That’s the one time a soul is excited.
I am together - feel my forehead - I am young
but I always forget what I meant to say; except I am alive!
And I will not jump from here because the wind is coming.
It has a beak and a tooth and has heard I am not sad anymore.
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Thanks to EJ Koh for sharing her wonderful tattoo with us here on Tattoosday's Tattooed Poets Project!
This entry is ©2015 Tattoosday. The poem and tattoo are reprinted with the poet's permission.
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