Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Inked Memories

I read an article today in which a member of my favorite band was talking about a new song, "Rose Tattoo," what it is about & why he wrote it. Something he said reminded me of something I do every-so-often, and it inspired this poem: "Oftentimes, I just catch it out of the corner of my eye and it literally changes my mood when I think of him and what a strong individual he was."

The article:
http://www.npr.org/2013/01/01/168406178/the-dropkick-murphys-a-rose-tattoo-tells-a-life-story?sc=tw&cc=share

All lyrics from "Rose Tattoo" By Dropkick Murphys
http://www.plyrics.com/lyrics/dropkickmurphys/rosetattoo.html
http://www.dropkickmurphys.com/news

This is for dVerse Open Link Night!! Let me know what you think!! :-)  (Seriously, though, I would really appreciate the feedback!!)






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Inked Memories

Towel drying my hair,
back to the mirror,
I look behind me
and catch sight of my
three green and black tattoos.

“This one means the most to me”
The first, a K with a clover
 on top, links me to my brother.
“Stays here for eternity”

“This one’s for my family name”
Further down, another clover,
green & knotted
surrounded by Gaelic:
Máthair Athair Deatháir.
Mother Father Brother.
“With pride I’ll wear it to the grave”

“You’ll always be there with me’
Opposite side of my spine,
a long Celtic knot,
green highlighted a double-helix design.
Surrounded by names
of departed family and friends.
“Even if you’re gone”

“I signed and sealed these words in blood”
I look down at my left thigh
while pulling on my jeans.
Black, red, gray.
Lyrics, lines, a rose
for my favorite band.
“I heard them once, sung in a song”

“I ain’t winning no one over”
I trace the stars and swirl of clovers,
gray, green, purple
with my finger on my right thigh.
This one’s mine alone.
“I wear it just for you”

I smile
as I cover up my ink
with clothes,
and I quietly sing
“I had these memories all around me
So I wouldn’t be alone.”

21 comments:

  1. smiles...cool bits you carry around with you...reminders of where you have been...who is important...and those define where you go...i like the one just for you...nice ink...

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    1. Thanks!! Yeah, they're good reminders!! :-)

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  2. So meaningful, Katie... and I love the ending.

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  3. I listened to the interview from the link provided. It's really cool how you wove their song, your tattoos and this poem into one.

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  4. I love that they all have such deep meaning, it makes them truly beautiful. A lovely poem.

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    1. Thank you!! I promised myself that I'd never get a tattoo that didn't mean something to me!! :-)

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  5. A fun tour -- packed with meaning. Meanings that are with you each day, so you won't be alone.
    Thanx

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  6. nice on carrying those memories, inked on your skin with you...and good to have just one totally for yourself as well...like a promise...i like..happy new year to you

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    1. Thanks!! Happy new year, hope it's a good one for ya!! :-)

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  7. Whether it is tattoos, poems, pictures, blogs, written diaries, video, conversations w/ family members in your life, those people will be with you. I like how you ended the poem, as it is universal to many.

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  8. I got knocked out at a dropkicks show once...punched square in the face...missed the whole damn thing....love the linkage between tattoos and memory...and the celtic qualities of them, the irishness...just infuses this with a feeling of real kinship

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    1. Ouch, man!! That sucks!! Great, great band to see live!! Really glad you liked the poem!! :-)

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  9. Katie this is beautiful... I am of another generation... I have piercings in my ears and nose from when I was a teen and in my twenties... each one has relevance for me for different reasons... I can understand from your poem why your tattoos are so important to you.

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  10. ps... most of my piercings came to be when Punk was first becoming known (and expressed) in the US back in the 80's:-)

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    1. :-) I'm glad you liked it!! I always say that I should have been born about 10-15 years sooner so I could have been around for the beginning of punk!! :-)

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  11. Nice to have those memories inked and forever linked with you ~

    Thanks for sharing these with us ~

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