Dogs 2014

FADED, NEVER GONE
(5/19/14)


we both
got tattoos
the day
that we
were married

each
with the other's
signed first name
and our wedding
date
underneath

I can't believe
how stupid
that looks
in print

I put mine
(my first)
on my upper
left shoulder
where it stayed
covered
for the majority
of the time

she put hers
on her neck



I didn't
question
the placement
since she already
had
many tattoos

later on
she entered
the medical field
where neck art
is not
in favor

I paid
$300 dollars
to a tattoo "removal"
professional
to erase
$50 worth
of inked me
from my wife's
skin

in the end
it was much
lighter
but still
readable

with makeup
she could at least
cover it
fairly easily

as we now
divorce
I take some
satisfaction
in knowing
that she'll be
displaying
signs of me
for the rest
of her life

she'll
end up
on a hospital
gurney
one day

as will
we all

EMTs
nurses
and/or doctors

looking down
upon her

"is that
a bruise
on her neck"

they'll ask

"no
it's just
what's left
of another
tattoo"

     Pat
4/10/o8